Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2009
Editorial Reviews for Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker
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
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.
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.
smells a bit cinnamon-like with a softer taste and mouth feel.
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.
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.
Bold, somewhat unusual. Chocolate, pepper and earthy notes with wonderful fruit forwardness.
amazing, one of my favorites
External Reviews for Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Appealingly rustic, with black cherry and distinct roasted herb aromas and spicy dried fruit flavors that emphasize dry tannins. Drink now through 2012.
Briary dried berry aromas follow through to plush flavors of blackberry, spice and sage in this ripe, soft Zin. Drink now through 2016.