Cigar Zin Old Vine Zinfandel 2012
Zinfandel from California
- red wine
- Big & Bold
- 14.9% abv
Gold Medal Winner: 2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
The 2012 CigarZin has notes of black and red fruit with a punch of spice and black pepper. The rich, lush and well-structured wine is hearty with exotic fruit characteristics.
Pairs perfectly with a big juicy steak off the BBQ or braised short ribs.
Cigar Zin Winery
In 2012, Cigar Zin was re-launched in partnership between Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits and Vintage Wine Estates - producers of premium California wines. Cigar Zin is an elegant blend of Zinfandel, Petit Sirah, and Syrah. Grapes are hand harvested and sorted at peak season to ensure quality and flavor, and the wine is aged for 11 months in French and American oak barrels. The striking packaging is reminiscent of a cigar band, which speaks to the desire to remain sophisticated and masculine while stepping outside the boundaries to escape the mundane.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
It'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.
3 ratings, 3 with reviews
- Smooth & Supple
I said Smooth and Supple because there is no option for Drab and Dull. This label promised a great deal: old vines, climate and so on. It really did not deliver. It was thin. It lacked fruit or tannin. Frankly, it did not have much character. There was no identifiable fault - not sour, barnyardish or anything else. It was just "there". You couldn't even say it was a Zin. You can get more character and a better wine and the supermarket.
Very average. Thin with little character or strength. Definitely not a good value at $15.99 but might pay half of that at best.
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Cheese > Cheddar
Very good Zin , with earthy aromas and smooth but well structured dark fruit flavors and mild tannins. A good value Zinfandel.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.