"A rich and jammy style, but with enough structure and balance to keep this vibrant. Aromas of cherry pie and pepper ...Read more...
- There are currently no submitted critic scores.
Submit a Critic ScoreClose
There’s a lot of cinnamon oak here on the nose, with rather assertive pepper-tinged, meaty, blueberry, blackberry and crystalized black plum fruit.... Read more
Musky and spicy with bowls of fresh berries, vanilla, cola, spice, tarry, brownie, peppercorn rare beef, complex and Spicy! Pretty well balanced w... Read more
Bright red fruit and fresh acidity. Cherries, chocolate and cinnamon, with a zesty cocoa and raspberry finish. Read more
Food Pairings for Four Vines the Sophisticate Zinfandel Sonoma
Editorial Reviews for Four Vines the Sophisticate Zinfandel Sonoma
There’s a lot of cinnamon oak here on the nose, with rather assertive pepper-tinged, meaty, blueberry, blackberry and crystalized black plum fruit. Smells like Syrah. Opulent and mouth filling, this is rich and powerful but well balanced. Plenty of oaky sweetness here. The tannins are fine and well managed and the acidity very well integrated. The fruit is pretty, with great spicy notes and oak-accented blackberry and plum skin fruit. There’s more darkness on the back end, with coffee tones and some obvious toast that comes to dominate the moderately long finish. This is a nicely complete package. 90pts
Musky and spicy with bowls of fresh berries, vanilla, cola, spice, tarry, brownie, peppercorn rare beef, complex and Spicy! Pretty well balanced with lovely wooly tannins and good acid supporting fairly transparent dark berry fruit. Not as spicy as the noise implied and gains a piercingly pure raspberry syrup note. A touch hot and that adds to a minty note with spicy wood tones and pepper on the backend. A vanilla note reappears on the finish the finish with an earthy sweet candied tone and nice refreshing red apple acids. Overall a pretty complex and nuanced rendition. 91pts
Bright red fruit and fresh acidity. Cherries, chocolate and cinnamon, with a zesty cocoa and raspberry finish.
Lots of toast and marshmallows, bolstered with cherry fruit. Good red fruit in the body.
smooth mouthfeel, a little more subtle and delicate in character vs the other zins I've had from Cali. nicely balanced with a combo of red and dark fruits, a little vanilla and oak on the nose, some spice, definite spice on the finish, but very beautiful non-abrasive qualities.
A lot of caramelly sweet notes laced with some heavy, dark fruit. A but toasty and chocolatey with a sexy finish.
The way the fresh fruits (blackberry, raspberry), cocoa, warm spice and acidity dance together is sophisticated indeed. We're talking full on ball gowns, tux and tales, string quartet here. Luckily it's not priced for such an affair because I want to drink this again!
Fruity and bold with some smoke. Used this in a red wine pasta dish (the wine is cooked into the pasta itself - not the sauce) tossed with some evoo, garlic, sauteed chopped parsley and walnuts. sprinkle with parm DELICIOUS!
Surprisingly well balanced with a mellow fruitiness off the top that flattens at the finish with more spice. The aromas can lead to a different expectation of more fruit than really exists. Easy to drink.
External Reviews for Four Vines the Sophisticate Zinfandel Sonoma
Nicknamed The Sophisticate because it expresses the elegant side of Zinfandel, this wine has a sexy nose with anise, caramelized sugar, and spicy blackberry jam with a not of cherry cigar box. On the palate, strong vanilla, brooding fruit, spices of dark rum big flavors, yet refined and stylish.
With a soft, silky mouthfeel and a great big burst of black pepper, this is a classic Sonoma Zin. It’s ripe in blackberries and currants, with a briary taste of anise and wild chamomile. Good now with barbecue
This wine has a sexy nose with velvet vanilla oak tones, followed by rich, spicy berry fruit and a hint of cedar. Big flavors, yet refined and stylish. The James Bond of Zinfandel he will seduce you.
Ripe and jammy, with smoky blackberry aromas and soft, rich black cherry, pepper and anise flavors. Drink now through 2016.
Dense and jammy, with blackberry and black olive aromas that lead to zesty, complex huckleberry, licorice and black pepper flavors. Drink now through 2015.
Dense and briary, but with an underlying sense of focus and balance. Aromas of wild berry and smoky sage lead to ripe, concentrated blackberry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. Drink now through 2014.
Our 2007 Sonoma Zin was kissed with a touch of Petite Sirah and aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months. This wine has a sexy nose with velvet vanilla oak tones, followed by rich, spicy berry fruit and a hint of cedar. Big flavors, yet refined and stylish. The James Bond of Zinfandel...he will seduce you. - Winery
"A rich and jammy style, but with enough structure and balance to keep this vibrant. Aromas of cherry pie and pepper lead to zesty blackberry and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2016...91" WS 11/12
Best Wine Deals
Zinfandel Top Lists
Secret Santa 2014, signup cutoff is Halloween. Calling all Snoothers! Updated 10-18-14Replied
Rolf Binder Hales Shiraz (2010)Cellared
Orin Swift Cellars 'The Prisioner' Red (2010)Cellared
Frog's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley (2011)Cellared
Antiche Cantine Dei Marchesi di Barolo (2008)Cellared
Pere Anselme Chateauneuf du Pape la Fiole (NV)Cellared
Dominus Napanook Vineyard (2008)Cellared
Castello di Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG (2006)Cellared
Barossa Valley Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley Ebenezer (2008)Cellared
Barossa Valley Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Ebenezer (NV)Wishlisted