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Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2004

Member Review by drdebs:

Rough young zin that should settle down and shed some of its acidic tannins. Blackberry and pepper flavors and aromas are struggling to come forward now. Give this one some time. 15% alc/vol

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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

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Snooth User: drdebs
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3.50 5
03/20/2007

Rough young zin that should settle down and shed some of its acidic tannins. Blackberry and pepper flavors and aromas are struggling to come forward now. Give this one some time. 15% alc/vol


Snooth User: tveez
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3.50 5
10/15/2008

Three and a half glasses


External Reviews for Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker

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Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Bright, saturated, ruby, and viscous, this wine has upfront notes of cherry, cassis, raspberry, vanilla, and caramel, and is slightly hot, as one might expect from Paso Robles with a listed alcohol of 15 percent. Rich and round on the palate, this pleasure-bomb wine has notes of framboise, vanilla bean, and chocolate decadence. The oak is well-integrated, and the wine is well balanced with the exception of slightly drying tannins on the finish. Enjoy as a cocktail, with Acai-marinated grilled “chicken-style” seitan, or, for meat-lovers, with your first summertime BBQ of peppered flank steak with a Biker Zin glaze. Winemaker Christian Tietje, his partner Susan Mahler, and Christian’s childhood buddy, Bill Grant, have plans to triple this winery’s current production, which focuses on high quality, site-driven Zins. While Chardonnay and Rhone blends are also produced, Tietje’s mastery of Zinfandel is exquisitely expressed release after release. He makes crowd pleasers in the full-blown, in-your-face style, but the individual wines manage, with his minimal handling, to express terroir, that elusive sense of place so hard to capture with such warm origin, ripe fruit.




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