Artezin Mendocino Zinfandel 2011
Zinfandel from North Coast, California
The color is bright crimson red with a violet hue. The aromas are very bright, showing fresh raspberry, boysenberry and pomegranate fruit, followed by classic "zinny" spice of nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper. The fruit and spice continues on the palate, which is again fresh with hints of blueberry and huckleberry. The texture is round and rich for easy drinking and the tannins add to the lush mouthfeel. This wine was created for immediate enjoyment and pairs well with grilled meats, pastas and semi-firm cheeses such as an aged cheddar, Fenacho or goat gouda.
Blend: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
Wine & Spirits - "Rustic in the best sense, this has the deep, resinous herb scent that’s made Mendocino famous. The tannins lend grit to the palate, along with layers of flavor that fill the mouth completely even as the wine coasts along. Decant a bottle while you marinate a butterflied leg of lamb for the grill. Best Buy."
Tasting Panel - "Juicy, ripe and generous with tangy acidity and gobs of black raspberry; vibrant, fresh and clean with long, zesty fruit. 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah."
Artezin Zinfandel is hand crafted from grapes grown in some of California's best Zinfandel regions: Napa Valley, Amador County, Sonoma County and Mendocino County. Artezin expresses terroir and rich varietal fruit with lively and complex elegance. View all Artezin Wines
About North Coast
Beyond Napa and Sonoma in the north you find a couple of other counties producing great wine. Among these are Mendocino and Lake County. The northernmost California winegrowing regions, these two counties are right above Napa and Sonoma, geographically. Yet, wine-wise they are very different – both from their southern neighbors and from each other.
Notable FactsMendocino has a high amount of organic vintners and vines. The first winery to settle here was Fetzer, which practices organic viticulture and holds some of the most vineyard land in the area. Mendocino has many pockets of micro-climates while Lake County, being smaller in size, is less diverse climactically. As for the grapes, Chardonnay is the most popular in both counties, but there are also some excellent Sauvignon Blancs, particularly in the Lake County. In red wine, Zinfandel leads the way, followed by Rhone Blends and Petite Sirah. The reds in both counties are complex and sumptuous. Anderson Valley is a sub-AVA of Mendicino and is quite well known for its excellent cool climate, producing the delicious Roederer Estate sparkling wines and some wonderful cool-climate Syrah.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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12 ratings, 8 with reviewsBrigid Stanley - Oakland, CA411/18/2013
Very plum-driven to me. Dark fruit: dates, figs. Nice sweet spicing : cinnamon, clove, cardamom. Would be perfect with Indian food I would imagine. I am going to more Zinfandels from Mendocino though, very ripe, jammy finish.jnchilds - College Station, TX44/15/2014good oneTwolabs - Paris, TX53/6/2014tiafay - New Haven, CT42/9/2014
- Smooth & Supple
Bob Carbonaro - Summerville, SC41/8/2014
- Pair With
- grilled red meat
Very nice... Not strong and no heavy after taste... Would buy again... I was using it to sip in the evening while watching TV w/my wife.512/26/2013I've been buying this for a few years, now. I really like it. I'm bummed that Costco doesn't sell it any more. The price went up, too.mooselady - Spotswood, NJ511/29/2013
- Smooth & Supple
This is a great smooth wine. Wonderful flavor. My guests loved it and I love it.joels - New York, NY411/22/2013Thomas O - Charlevoix, MI49/12/2013
- Smooth & Supple
Best Zin I've had this year.Cynthia Butler - Pittsburgh, PA49/7/2013Robert Duffy - Sparta, NC48/15/2013Very good Zin, definitely buy this again. Flavorful and smooth.43/13/2013It isn't quite as good as the (unfortunately) sold out 2009, which is divine, but it comes close. I did not enjoy either of the 2010 vintages. I like reds that are neither overly sweet nor very dry. This fits that bill and has a very nice flavor. My vernacular as it pertains to describing wine is rather paltry but if one enjoys Zinfandels or Shiraz/Syrahs, I think he/she will enjoy this one.
- Fruity & Smooth
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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