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Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2009

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Four Vines is quickly becoming one of California s best Zinfandel producers If you love Red Zin try this beauty from Paso Robles 93 Points Wine Spectator

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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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Editorial Reviews for Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
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3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: Kristin Watts
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3.00 5
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
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3.00 5
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: Kate Statton
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3.00 5
01/09/2012

smells a bit cinnamon-like with a softer taste and mouth feel.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
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3.00 5
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.


Snooth User: biondanonima
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4.50 5
01/12/2014

LOVE this wine. Plenty of fruit to start, well-balanced with acid, and then just a touch of smooth tannin to finish. Didn't even need to air, as most Zins do - it was delicious straight out of the bottle. Not cheap at $19 from Wine Library, but well worth it.


Snooth User: GinaRichard
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4.50 5
08/18/2012

Bold, somewhat unusual. Chocolate, pepper and earthy notes with wonderful fruit forwardness.


Snooth User: msvnu814
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4.50 5
11/10/2011

amazing, one of my favorites


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External Reviews for Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

The trio behind Four vines - Christian Tietje, Susan Mahler, and Bill Grant - are self-proclaimed hedonists, a fact that's reflected in wines like the Biker. The style is full-bodied, concentrated and loaded with personality, yet Tietje preserves a sense of finesse and terrior. It's a blend of grapes from Dusi and Preston vineyards, two highly regarded low-yield sites in the rocky, chalk hills of western Paso Robles. A splash of Mourvèdre revs up the midpalate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Racy and bursting with fruit, showing smoky black pepper and black cherry aromas that lead to supple, layered flavors of huckleberry, earthy licorice and toasty sage, which linger toward zesty tannins. Drink now through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Ripe and gutsy, but with enough finesse and personality to make it a complete package. Aromas of wild berry and white pepper lead to briary but complex plum, anise and toasty sage flavors that finish with fine, loamy tannins. Best from 2011 through 2015.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Vivid red. Pungent cherry-cola, cracked pepper and spicecake aromas, with a hint of smoky herbs. Then ripe and fleshy in the mouth, with a slightly loose-knit quality to the sappy dark fruit and floral flavors. This rather powerful, velvety wine finishes long, with lingering smokiness and chewy tannins that add shape to the warm fruit flavors.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

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.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
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
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
10/25/2011

Appealingly rustic, with black cherry and distinct roasted herb aromas and spicy dried fruit flavors that emphasize dry tannins. Drink now through 2012.


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