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St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel 2014

Winemaker's Notes:

"Zesty and easygoing, this is fun to drink, delivering aromas of black cherry and toasty spice that combine with lively, medium-bodied raspberry and grilled anise flavors. Drink now through 2025. " (90 pts) -WineSpectator.com

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St Francis Wine Company Ltd:
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named aft... Read more
  When Joe and Emma Martin purchased the 100 acre Behler Ranch Vineyard in Sonoma Valley in 1971, they never could have expected the success that their vineyard would achieve. After several years of making grapes for other wineries, they decided to start their own winery in 1979, and they have been producing quality wines ever since. They called the winery St. Francis Winery, named after St. Francis of Assisi, protector of the natural world, and in honor of the Franciscan order, thought to be the first to bring European grape cultivation to America. St. Francis currently has 600 acres under vine in Sonoma County, with many partnerships with other vineyards in the area, including Rockpile Vineyard, Amman Ranch, Leras Ranch, and Pagani Ranch. Each of their wines are produced from 100% hand-picked Sonoma fruit, but that’s not enough to produce such bold, full-bodied wines. It is the hard work of Tom Mackey, Director of Winemaking, and the other winemakers at St. Francis Winery & Vineyards that allows these great wines to be produced, year after year. Read less

Member Reviews for St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel

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Snooth User: EMark
8478047,629
3.00 5
02/05/2018

Interesting. Both black and red berry fruit--almost pie-filling type of "sweetness." Very light on the tannin and acid. All that sounds damning, but for less than $20, this is a perfectly functional wine.


Snooth User: EMark
8478047,629
3.00 5
Vintage: 2012 09/29/2015

Plum colored in the glass. On the tongue there is an energetic brambly/blackberry hit. Fairly stiff tannin and acid mid-to-back palate. After a few sips I notice that with some cheese I am tasting more sweetness. I like this wine. At the price (<$15) I think it is very nice to have with a simple meal. We’re going to have a pasta with sausages, tonight, and I don’t see any reason why this won’t be just fine.


Snooth User: OriginalWilk
189681113
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 08/11/2015

Smooth. Body. Slightly peppery. Love.


Snooth User: iDrinkReds
11565551,251
2.00 5
Vintage: 2009 04/22/2013

Two glasses


Snooth User: CageyT
2840241,562
2.50 5
Vintage: 2008 10/20/2012

Two and a half glasses


Snooth User: Bsberlin22
1020034731
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 04/22/2012

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: rmcunningham
336868552
3.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/21/2010

Definitely can get some of the fruit forwardness but not overpowering, and easy drinking. I believe this bottle was about $24 and at that price there are better wines and better zins. It looks like the prices greatly vary and if you could get this in the $12-$16 range, that seems to be more fitting a value.


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External Reviews for St. Francis Old Vines Zinfandel

External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/01/2015

Bursts with aromas of black cherry, spice and sassafras, leading to zesty flavors of raspberry, dried herb and anise. A touch of tannins ramps up the finish. Drink now through 2019. 51,000 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 12/11/2014

This distinct 'old world style' Zinfandel displays deep aromas of ripe black cherries and boysenberries laced with licorice, shadowed by spicy toasted oak notes that carry into a long luscious finish.


External Review
Vintage: 2012 06/01/2015

The 2012 Zinfandel Old Vines, from 50- to 110-year-old vines, is a fine value in Zinfandel. It exhibits plenty of briery, peppery, meaty, black cherry and strawberry fruit, and earth notes along with supple tannins, medium to full body, and a plush personality. Consume it over the next 4–5 years.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Ripe, with dried cherry, plum, licorice and roasted sage fruit. Finishes with zesty yet rustic tannins. Drink now through 2010.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Huge and powerfully concentrated, this wine is not shy. A thick blast of spice and iodine, itrsquo;s built to approach food with overwhelming force rather than diplomacy. The timid should stand aside.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

Smooth and ripe, with plum, cherry, blackberry, cassis and chocolate flavors at the fore. Tannins are a tad rustic, but the wine is quite pleasurable to drink.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

There is no doubting the style sought by St. Francis. No-holds-barred, big, oaky, full-throttle Zinfandels are the rule at this Sonoma winery. Impressive is the 2001 Zinfandel Old Vine. A dark plum/purple color is accompanied by a big, smoky, earthy nose revealing aromas of pepper, black cherries, and earth. This spicy, dense, full-bodied, macho Zin should be drunk over the next four years.


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"Zesty and easygoing, this is fun to drink, delivering aromas of black cherry and toasty spice that combine with lively, medium-bodied raspberry and grilled anise flavors. Drink now through 2025. " (90 pts) -WineSpectator.com

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