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Date Printed: 7/22/2014
Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2009
Four Vines The Sophisticate Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 124881)
Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 7/22/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The wine was kissed with a touch of Petite Sirah and aged in small French and American oak barrels for 14 months. The result is a well-dressed, ruckus country brawler of surprising style and grace.

Nicknamed The Sophisticate because it expresses the elegant side of Zinfandel, this wine has a sexy nose with anise, caramelized sugar, and spicy blackberry jam with a not of cherry cigar box. On the palate, strong vanilla, brooding fruit, spices of dark rum... big flavors, yet refined and stylish.

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About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...