Gnarly Head Cellars

A passion for Zinfandel and a desire to make great Zin, led our winemaking team to Lodi, California's zinfamous appellation. But it was a sense of fun - wine should be fun, accessible, easy to understand and enjoy - that led us to create Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. The sight of the free standing "head trained" vines found in older vineyards in California was the inspiration for Gnarly Head Old Vine Zin. These 35 to 80 year old vines have twisted old trunks and branches that spread out in all directions sprouting leaves like unruly umbrellas - truly gnarly heads. The grapes these old vines produce are small and few, but offer big flavor! But Zinfandel is not the only California grape that can be Gnarly. Our winemaking team selects grapes from some of the best vineyards in Northern California for our Gnarly Head Chardonnay, Merlot and Cab (Cabernet Sauvignon). Gnarly Head wines are easy to drink and pair with food, and made to bring people together, to enjoy with laughter, to celebrate past Read more »

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  • Zinfandel

    Parentage of the grape: Crljenak to Austria to America. In the 1970s, claims surfaced that the Italian Primitivo is l...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • I am hoping to get some input on what Aussie wine the Snooth Community is seeing on the shelves [either retail or restaurants] in your local areas.US wine in Australia is still very much limited to the bigger wine companies egArgyle Pinot NoirStags LeapBerringerEtudeOccasionly the big guns from Napa will appear on the Auction Sites.I am always h... Read More

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  • Gnarly Head "Limited Release" Authentic Dark 2013


    Chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. This may have the largest chocolate profile in a wine that is not an actual "Chocolate" wine that I've ever tasted. Oh, yeah there is also blackberry, moderate tannins and enough acidity to give a lingering aftertaste. Decent, decant for 30 minutes. Drink now - Paul 86 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

  • Gnarly Head Pinot Noir California 2009


    A great, inexpensive wine to accompany dinner. Medium body and with a smooth finish. It has a subtle spice and berry finish. Read More

    Wine review by TateHouston

  • Gnarly Head Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2013


    This is a fabulous very full-bodied rich red! The blackberry and cassis fruit tasting notes are succulent! We paired it with olives, sharp cheddar on multigrain bagette dipped in peppery/herbed olive oil with garlic stuffed olives. I think it would be excellent with any spicy cuisine, which makes the spicy backnote of this wine explode on your ... Read More

    Wine review by 1979035winningwines 1979035 winningwines

  • Gnarly Head Petite Syrah 2011


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • Gnarly Head Authentic Red 2013


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    Wine review by Dilbretta

  • Gnarly Head Double Black Red 1924


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    Wine review by doublefantasy

  • Gnarly Head Zinfandel Lodi Old Vine NV


    I agree. This, their cab, and their authentic red b,ends are all excellent and a great price. Read More

    Wine review by 1893197Rodney McCloud 1893197 Rodney McCloud

  • Gnarly Head Merlot California 2012


    The wine is a dark indigo at the center, with some brighter garnet along the edges. The nose exhibits merlot characteristics, with aromas of blackberries, leather, cherry cola and dried herbs. The taste was rather subdued, despite the marketing pitch on the label, with some sweet, jammy fruit up front, blackberries and plum that transitions to... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka

  • Gnarly Head Cabernet Sauvignon 2013


    I must say, this was recommended by a friend. $9.95 and the taste was a hit at a cookout! Very smooth, deep purple color. Very pleased. Flavorful, not to dry like some cabs. Very smooth! I've found a budget priced cab!!!! Read More

    Wine review by 1893197Rodney McCloud 1893197 Rodney McCloud

  • Have been a Gnarly head for long time. Think it"s one of the best wine deal ever. The other is Apothic Red, sorrry. Just tried the Authentic Black., Wow, Great, Congratulations! You are my house wine. Send me a t-shirt, and a wine key. Just kidding. No, not really. Fernando Machado 19823 N.W. 82 Pl. Hialeah, Fla 33015

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  • Great value. I am always asked what the wine is when we serve it. It is easy to drink and pleasant to the nose. I am always surprised how much I enjoy the Gnarly Head Zinfadel Old Vine wine largely due to its price.

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