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Four Vines the Biker Zinfandel Paso Robles 2015

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Pretty oaky on the nose, with plenty of baking spices and vanilla over blackberry and plum fruit. Big on entry and slightly sweet, but with plenty of balancing acidity lending freshness to the black plum and oak. The wood tannins come on strong on the moderately long finish, showing plenty of plum skin and plum pie notes. Shows good transparency but lacks some inner harmony. 87pts

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Four Vines Winery:
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began ... Read more
First there was ONE. Winemaker CHRISTIAN TIETJE is a hedonist. He is passionate about wine: making it, drinking it and bringing people together to enjoy it. Chris learned to love balanced, food-driven wines as an aspiring young chef in Boston. In 1990 he moved to San Francisco, determined to pursue his passion and become a winemaker. He fell head over heels for old vine Zinfandel, and began planning for bigger things. Then there were TWO. In 1994, Christian partnered with SUSAN A. MAHLER, a brainy and beautiful scientist and pilot, whom he nicknamed “SAM.” Armed with a degree in Earth Science, SAM took an immediate interest in vineyards. Together they created Four Vines Winery featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak “Naked” Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. They relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form, as in the rogue Rhone blend “Anarchy.” Now there are THREE. Christian and SAM worked harder than ever to grow their winery to 14,000 cases, but they needed someone to help share the load. They connected with an old friend from Christian’s childhood, BILL GRANT, a successful entrepreneur and financier. Bill joined Four Vines as an advisor and financier in 2002 and joined the partnership in 2004, growing to approximately 40,000 cases and introducing new wines named Heretic and Phoenix. Bill travels across the country, turning on new audiences to the Four Vines Incident. Makers of fleshy, seductive wines for aficionados and hedonists alike, Four Vines brings a refreshing, playfully irreverent attitude to the industry. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Four Vines the Biker Zinfandel Paso Robles

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 01/12/2012

Pretty oaky on the nose, with plenty of baking spices and vanilla over blackberry and plum fruit. Big on entry and slightly sweet, but with plenty of balancing acidity lending freshness to the black plum and oak. The wood tannins come on strong on the moderately long finish, showing plenty of plum skin and plum pie notes. Shows good transparency but lacks some inner harmony. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,749
4.50 5
Vintage: 2006 09/03/2009

Quinine and treebark emerge first from the glass giving this a curiously earthy and biter edge though the rich mulberry and plum tones slowly gain the upper hand though a bitter edge remains recalling a bit or burnt brownie. Certainly smells powerful and complex. This is pretty big in the mouth with a lot of power, furry tannins, and yet it retains freshening acidity. There are masses of dark, slightly confected fruit with touches of molasses, mocha and spice helping to frame the fruit and give the wine a bit of form. The finish is hot, rich and of decent length but this is really mostly about the power. 90pts


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Snooth User: WineSplash
1163360255
4.50 5
Vintage: 2012 10/24/2015

Here is the perfect Red Zinfandel for all those who love the classic, bold California Zin style. Four Vines Winery are the rock stars of Zinfandel since Zinfandel is practically the only thing they produce! And Paso Robles is the best place to grow a great Zinfandel because it craves the hot, dry climate that this area is known for. Zinfandel normally has a high amount of sugar at harvest and can be fermented to create a dry, high alcohol wine. Those at Four Vines Winery may be thought of as Rebels but they are raising the bar to produce the best wines around since life is best enjoyed with a glass of great Zinfandel in your hand! In my glass, this Biker Zinfandel has a chassis that is deep ruby red in color with a purple rim. Invigorating aroma’s of ripe black cherry, blackberry, white pepper, and spice! Full bodied across the palate that is smooth but rich with tannins. My taste buds were doing some impressive wheelies! Racy flavors of fresh blackberry jam, black plum, wild bramble, pepper, and a hint of cedar. On the second sip, flavors of ripe black cherry, raisin, and smoky oak was more pronounced leading to a long, lingering finish. Intense and complex with wonderful layers of fruit and spice! This Biker Red Zin is truly “The Leader of the Pack”. Vrooom! Vrooom! Pair with grilled red meats, barbecued chicken, lamb, lasagna, tomato sauce based pizza, and smoked short ribs. This Four Vines “Biker” Zinfandel is full throttle and brings one helluva ride! A Zinfandel that may not be for the faint of heart, but with promises to win your heart. A strong 93 Point Score! $24 a bottle average. WineSplashing!!


Snooth User: ApelsecS
10683501,574
5.00 5
Vintage: 2010 11/28/2013

Amazing wine, It opens layers of tastes one by one. I would buy another one for some event but not for myself as it's overpriced.


Snooth User: mfdiva
36207565
4.50 5
Vintage: 2010 03/19/2013

This bottle lives up to the image of the Biker--- larger than life, powerful, truly unique and in your face! If you like your Zin packed with fruit, chocolate and pepper, this bottle will not disappoint. For true Zin lovers, but a caveat---- it needs a great meal.

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Snooth User: ramiray
71412133
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 05/10/2008

Four glasses


Snooth User: Kristin Watts
8549492,200
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2012

Rich and soft at the same time, making this a complex Zin. I love the smokiness and the balance of acidity and tannins that complement the dark fruit.


Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
8703411,996
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 01/09/2012

Another great one from Four Vines. They certainly know how to make the fruits and spices balance out with the perfect amount of acidity. This has less cocoa flavors than the Sophisticate, more about the fruit. I'd love to try this with a slight chill.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,084
3.00 5
Vintage: 2009 08/20/2012

I pick up vanilla and a little berry (maybe blackberry) on the nose. While tasting there is definite oak present along with a spicey like sweetness, but is not overpowering in any way. It coats the palate nicely and some tannin comes into play gently. A moderate finish. This a pleasant drinking wine.


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External Reviews for Four Vines the Biker Zinfandel Paso Robles

External Review
Vintage: 2010 03/27/2013

On the nose, legendary blackberry aromas mix with cherries, plums, menthol, white pepper, and a touch of meaty black olives. The palate follows with boysenberries and smoky char to balance the fruit. We didn't pull any punches here. And we like it that way. Biker rocks!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/30/2012

The alcoholrsquo;s a little high on this Zin, giving it some burn. But itrsquo;s very smooth and velvety in texture, with complex, pleasing wild berry, anise, pepper and sandalwood flavors. Classic Paso Zin for drinking with roasted or grilled meats and poultry.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 01/10/2013

The alcoholandrsquo;s a little high on this Zin, giving it some burn. But itandrsquo;s very smooth and velvety in texture, with complex, pleasing wild berry, anise, pepper and sandalwood flavors. Classic Paso Zin for drinking with roasted or grilled meats and poultry.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/01/2011

The Biker has blackberry, anise spice and vanilla on the nose. Rich, black fruit and spice, lingering to a silky vanilla oak finish. Biker rocks!


External Review
Vintage: 2009 08/10/2014

The alcohol is a little high on this Zin, giving it some burn. But it’s very smooth and velvety in texture, with complex, pleasing wild berry, anise, pepper and sandalwood flavors. Classic Paso Zin for drinking with roasted or grilled meats and poultry.


External Review
Vintage: 2009 09/30/2012

Briary dried berry aromas follow through to plush flavors of blackberry, spice and sage in this ripe, soft Zin. Drink now through 2016.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Bright ruby. Aromas of raspberry, blueberry, clove and allspice; pretty exotic stuff. Silky, sweet and expressive, with a pliant texture and vivid dark berry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Tannin-free and very easy to drink, finishing with good lift and length.


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