Alphabetical Guide to California Zinfandel

Alphabetical Guide to California Zinfandel
One of the year’s best value Zins comes from Russian River Valley’s historic DeLoach Vineyards, which the Boisset family acquired in 2003, instituting Burgundian winemaking techniques and organic farming practices. (Courtesy of DeLoach)
From the Jun 30, 2020, issue

These wines were tasted for Tim Fish's California Zinfandel tasting report in the June 30, 2020, issue of Wine Spectator magazine. For a full analysis of the latest vintages and top wines and top values charts, read "Up to the Challenge." WineSpectator.com members can find all reviews, with full tasting notes, in the Wine Ratings Search.

Wine Score Price
ACORN
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards 2016 92 $50
ADOBE ROAD
Shift Sonoma County 2016 91 $56
ALDENALLI
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Limerick Lane Vineyard 2017 91 $56
ALEXANDER VALLEY VINEYARDS
Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2017 88 $20
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Sin Zin 2016 87 $20
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Redemption 2016 90 $22
ALLOY WINE WORKS
Everyday Red Central Coast NV 84 $7 / 375ml
AMADOR CELLARS
Farmhouse Red Amador County 2016 88 $32
Zinfandel Amador County 2016 88 $28
ANDIS
Zinfandel Sierra Foothills Painted Fields Old Vine 2017 87 $25
ANGELS & COWBOYS
Sonoma County 2017 83 $23
ARMIDA
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Vineyards 2017 90 $42
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Tina's Block Maple Vineyards 2017 90 $48
ARTEZIN
Zinfandel Mendocino County Old Vine 2018 88 $16
Zinfandel Mendocino County Old Vine 2017 89 $16
BACA
Zinfandel Howell Mountain I Spy 2017 90 $50
Zinfandel Napa Valley Marbles Pocai Vineyard 2017 89 $50
Zinfandel Rockpile Cat's Cradle 2017 87 $50
BALLENTINE
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2017 87 $30
BANDIT
Red Blend California NV 84 $10 / 1L
BEAR FLAG
Eureka! Batch No. 1 California NV 84 $30
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2017 88 $30
BEDROCK
Bedrock Vineyard Heritage Sonoma Valley 2018 94 $50
Evangelho Vineyard Heritage Contra Costa County 2018 92 $40
Old Hill Ranch Heritage Sonoma Valley 2018 93 $65
Pagani Ranch Heritage Sonoma Valley 2018 92 $45
Zinfandel Amador County Esola Vineyard 2018 89 $40
Zinfandel California Old Vine 2018 90 $25
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2018 93 $45
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Limerick Lane Vineyard 2018 92 $45
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard 2018 90 $75
BELLA GRACE
Primitivo Amador County Estate 2017 88 $34
Zinfandel Amador County Estate 2016 88 $32
BENOVIA
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2017 91 $42
BERAN
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2017 89 $22
Zinfandel Sonoma County 2014 87 $24
BLISS
Blissful Red Mendocino 2016 88 $16
BOGLE
Essential Red California 2016 86 $12
Zinfandel California Old Vine 2017 86 $12
Zinfandel California Old Vine 2016 88 $12
BOTA BOX
Nighthawk Black California 2017 84 $20 / 3L
AUGUST BRIGGS
Zinfandel Napa-Contra Costa Counties Old Vines 2017 86 $35
BROWN ESTATE
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2017 89 $45
BUCKLIN
Ancient Field Blend Old Hill Ranch Sonoma Valley 2016 94 $36
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bambino Field Blend Old Hill Ranch 2017 91 $24
BUEHLER
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2017 83 $25
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2016 90 $25
BUENA VISTA
The Count Sonoma County 2017 87 $20
Zinfandel Sonoma County Attila's Selection 2017 88 $42
CALCAREOUS
Zinfandel Paso Robles Kate's Vineyard 2017 91 $45
CARLISLE
Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge Dupratt Vineyard 2017 93 $48
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Carlisle Vineyard 2017 94 $55
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Papera Ranch 2017 94 $48
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard 2017 94 $48
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Rossi Ranch 2017 91 $48
CASTELLO DI AMOROSA
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Zingaro Old Vine 2016 88 $42
CLIF FAMILY
Zinfandel Howell Mountain Gary's Improv 2017 89 $45
CLINE
Zinfandel Contra Costa County Live Oak Vineyard Single Vineyard Series 2017 88 $30
JEFF COHN
Zinfandel Alexander Valley St. Peter's Church Vineyard 2017 92 $45
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Isabel Landy Sweetwater Springs Vineyard 2017 91 $45
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Iron Hill Vineyard 2017 93 $45
COLLIER FALLS
Primitivo Dry Creek Valley Hillside Estate 2016 90 $45
COMSTOCK
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2015 89 $42
DAVID CLINTON
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Ancient Vine Teldeschi Vineyard 2016 90 $32
DE LOACH
Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2018 91 $23
Zinfandel Sonoma County Forgotten Vines Vineyard Designate 2017 89 $36
DRY CREEK
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Beeson Ranch Single Vineyard Series 2017 92 $45
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley DCV2 Four Clones Vineyard Single Vineyard Series 2017 92 $44
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley DCV7 Wallace Ranch Single Vineyard Series 2017 91 $44
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine 2017 90 $35
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Spencer's Hill Vineyard Single Vineyard Series 2016 94 $44
Zinfandel Sonoma County Heritage Vines 2018 91 $26
DUTTON-GOLDFIELD
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch Morelli Lane Vineyard 2017 90 $50
EASTON
Zinfandel Amador County 2017 89 $25
Zinfandel Fiddletown E 2016 89 $25
Zinfandel Fiddletown Old Vine Rinaldi Vineyard 2016 91 $35
Zinfandel Shenandoah Valley-California 2016 92 $35
EDGE HILL
St. Helena Estate Mixed Blacks Field Blend Napa Valley 2017 90 $150
EMBANKMENT
Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2017 84 $20
EPOCH
Zinfandel Paso Robles Willow Creek District Paderewski Vineyard 2017 91 $65
GARY FARRELL
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Grist Vineyard 2016 89 $50
THE FEDERALIST
Zinfandel Mendocino County Aged In Bourbon Barrels 2017 86 $25
FOLIE À DEUX
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2017 89 $20
FOPPIANO
Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2016 91 $28
FREI BROTHERS
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sonoma Reserve 2017 88 $20
FRITZ
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2016 88 $35
GOLDSCHMIDT
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Fidelity Nick Goldschmidt Railyard 2018 92 $18
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Herald 2017 91 $20
GREEN & RED
Zinfandel Napa Valley Chiles Canyon Vineyards 2017 90 $27
HARTFORD FAMILY
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Dina's Vineyard Old Vine 2018 94 $60
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard Old Vine 2018 92 $60
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Hartford Vineyard Old Vine 2018 93 $60
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Highwire Vineyard Old Vine 2018 94 $60
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Jolene's Vineyard Old Vine 2018 90 $60
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Old Vine 2018 92 $40
HAWLEY
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Hawley Vineyard 2017 88 $42
HIGHWAYMAN
Trailblazer Reserve Sonoma County 2017 86 $25
HUNNICUTT
Fearless Red Napa Valley 2017 88 $48
KENDALL-JACKSON
Zinfandel California Vintner's Reserve 2017 88 $17
KENWOOD
Jack London Vineyard Sonoma Mountain 2016 89 $35
KOKOMO
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2018 92 $28
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Pauline's Vineyard 2018 92 $36
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Timber Crest Vineyard Winemaker's Reserve 2017 90 $40
KUNDE FAMILY
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley 2017 86 $22
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Century Vines Reserve 2017 86 $60
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Heritage Block 2017 86 $40
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Heritage Block 2016 90 $40
LAGIER MEREDITH
Tribidrag Mount Veeder 2017 91 $45
LAVA CAP
Zinfandel El Dorado County Reserve 2017 90 $25
LIMERICK LANE
1023 Russian River Valley 2017 91 $80
Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2017 93 $42
Zinfandel Russian River Valley 1910 Block 2017 93 $60
LINNE CALODO
Cherry Red Paso Robles Willow Creek District 2017 93 $84
Problem Child Paso Robles Willow Creek District 2017 93 $76
LOUIS M. MARTINI
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Gnarly Vine Monte Rosso Vineyard 2017 90 $85
MAZZOCCO
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Beasley 2017 84 $34
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Maple Reserve 2017 88 $60
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Warm Springs Ranch 2017 84 $34
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Warm Springs Ranch Reserve 2017 89 $52
MEEKER
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Barrel Select 2016 83 $38
MIRAFLORES
Zinfandel El Dorado 2017 92 $32
Zinfandel El Dorado Yellow Block 2017 92 $32
MOUNT PEAK
Zinfandel Sonoma County Rattlesnake 2017 90 $48
Zinfandel Sonoma County Rattlesnake 2016 91 $48
NEYERS
Zinfandel California Vista Notre 2018 90 $30
NOVY
Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2017 90 $32
ONCE & FUTURE
Zinfandel Contra Costa County Oakley Road Vineyard 2018 92 $50
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Teldeschi Vineyard Frank's Block 2018 91 $50
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Bedrock Vineyard 2018 91 $50
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Old Hill Ranch 2018 92 $55
ORIN SWIFT
Eight Years In The Desert California 2018 91 $50
PALACE
California 2018 83 $25
PEDRONCELLI
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Bushnell Vineyard 2017 87 $26
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Courage Faloni Vineyard 2017 88 $32
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Mother Clone 2017 88 $19
PEZZI KING
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Century Vine 2017 83 $42
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Midnight 2017 86 $34
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Oakey Grande 2017 91 $34
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Row 26 Reserve 2017 90 $65
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Serracino Reserve 2017 90 $48
PRECISION
Zinfandel Alexander Valley 2018 90 $30
THE PRISONER WINE COMPANY
The Prisoner Napa Valley 2017 88 $47
QUIVIRA
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Black Boar 2017 91 $50
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Pillsbury Vineyard 2017 91 $48
RENWOOD
Zinfandel Amador County Premier Old Vine 2017 88 $20
RIDGE
Geyserville Alexander Valley 2018 93 $45
Mazzoni Home Ranch Alexander Valley 2016 89 $36
Three Valleys Sonoma County 2018 92 $30
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Boatman 2017 91 $36
Zinfandel Chalk Hill Blasi 2018 92 $36
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley East Bench 2018 92 $32
Zinfandel Paso Robles 2018 90 $35
ROCK WALL
Kent's Legacy Heritage Blend Sonoma County 2018 92 $100
Zinfandel Contra Costa County Sven & Ole's Reserve 2017 88 $50
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Maggie's Vineyard Reserve 2018 92 $50
ROMBAUER
Zinfandel California 2017 88 $35
Zinfandel El Dorado Twin Rivers Single Vineyard 2017 88 $42
Zinfandel Fiddletown Gino Rinaldi Single Vineyard 2017 88 $50
Zinfandel Napa Valley 2017 88 $50
RUDIUS
Bedrock Vineyard Sonoma Valley 2016 91 $40
JEFF RUNQUIST
Zinfandel Amador County Z Massoni Ranch 2017 88 $25
SADDLEBACK
Zinfandel Calistoga Frediani Vineyard Old Vines 2017 88 $46
SAN LORENZO
Rock Garden Hillside Red Alexander Valley 2017 92 $48
The Pearl Alexander Valley 2017 93 $70
SARACINA
Atrea Old Soul Red Mendocino County 2017 90 $25
SAUCELITO CANYON
Zinfandel Arroyo Grande Valley 2017 89 $40
Zinfandel San Luis Obispo County Backroads 2018 88 $24
SBRAGIA FAMILY
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley La Promessa 2017 90 $42
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Nonno's Reserve 2017 91 $46
Zinfandel Sonoma County Gino's 2017 89 $35
SCARLETT
Zinfandel Rutherford McGah Family Vineyards 2017 87 $42
SCHERRER
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Scherrer Vineyard Old And Mature Vines 2017 91 $40
SEGHESIO
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch 2017 87 $60
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Home Ranch 2016 92 $60
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Cortina 2017 94 $40
Zinfandel Rockpile Rockpile 2017 93 $50
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Montafi Old Vine 2017 93 $65
Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vine 2017 90 $40
Zinfandel Sonoma County Sonoma 2018 90 $26
Zinfandel Sonoma Valley Pagani Heritage Grower Series 2016 88 $48
SHEBANG!
Thirteenth Cuvée California NV 88 $15
CAROL SHELTON
Zinfandel Fountaingrove District Karma Zin Bastoni Vineyard 2016 91 $33
Zinfandel Fountaingrove District Peaceland Vineyard 2017 90 $36
Zinfandel Mendocino County Cox Reserve Old Vine Cox Vineyard 2017 90 $28
Zinfandel Mendocino County Wild Thing Old Vine 2017 89 $19
Zinfandel Rockpile Rocky Reserve Florence Vineyard 2017 92 $38
SHOOTING STAR
Zinfandel Lake County 2017 88 $15
689 CELLARS
Devil's Candy Napa Valley 2017 89 $35
SOBON ESTATE
Zinfandel Amador County Rocky Top 2017 88 $18
Zinfandel Fiddletown 2017 87 $22
ST. FRANCIS
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Artisan Collection 2017 92 $48
Zinfandel Moon Mountain District Montecillo Vineyard Artisan Collection 2017 90 $48
Zinfandel Sonoma County Old Vines 2017 89 $22
Zinfandel Sonoma County Tres Viejos Artisan Collection 2017 91 $48
RODNEY STRONG
Upshot Red Sonoma County 2017 89 $28
T-VINE
Zinfandel Howell Mountain Black Sears Vineyard 2017 83 $75
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard 2018 92 $50
TERRA D'ORO
Zinfandel Amador County 2017 88 $18
Zinfandel Amador County Deaver Vineyard 2017 86 $25
Zinfandel Amador County Home Vineyard 2017 88 $25
THACHER
Controlled Chaos Paso Robles 2015 90 $48
Zinfandel Paso Robles Triumvirate Reserve 2017 89 $52
TILTH
Zinfandel California 2017 84 $25
TURLEY
Zinfandel Alexander Valley Whitney Tennessee 2017 93 $40
Zinfandel California Old Vines 2017 90 $25
Zinfandel Howell Mountain Cedarman 2017 91 $32
Zinfandel Mendocino Ridge DuPratt Vineyard 2017 89 $38
Zinfandel Napa Valley Hayne Vineyard 2017 93 $75
Zinfandel Paso Robles Pesenti Vineyard 2017 93 $38
Zinfandel Paso Robles Ueberroth Vineyard 2017 94 $48
UNTI
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2017 89 $38
VIRGIL'S VINEYARD
The Smuggler's Son California 2016 88 $35
WATTLE CREEK
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2017 88 $34
WILSON
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Ellie's Old Vine 2017 91 $40
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sawyer Reserve 2017 91 $42
Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley Sydney 2017 89 $42
WONDERMENT
Zinfandel Kelsey Bench-Lake County Burton Ranch Vineyard Old Vine 2017 84 $35
Zinfandel Russian River Valley Bacigalupi Vineyard Old Vine 2017 91 $45
Tasting Reports Red Wines Zinfandel California United States Napa Sonoma

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