Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from Sierra Foothills, California
Devious mischief abounds from these dry-farmed, head pruned, old vine vineyards in the Shenendoah Valley. This Sierra Foothill Valley is renowned for its old vine Zin vineyards which produce a wine that is chewy and spicy, rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak. Blended with a touch of Syrah from the Bailey Vineyard. Maverick...The Jam Bomb...mischievous fun!
Wine Spectator - "Sleek and supple, with raspberry and white pepper aromas and delicately layered huckleberry, licorice and smoky sage flavors that linger nicely on the finish. Drink now through 2014. 5,200 cases made. "
Four Vines Winery
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... View all Four Vines Wines
About Sierra Foothills
Called gold country since the mid-1800's, the Sierra Foothills, located between Sacramento and the Nevada border, was a hot spot for those seeking a gold rush fortune. Some of these settlers brought some European vines with them and somewhere in that mix was the Zinfandel grape.
Notable FactsZinfandel remains the grape of choice here, followed by Rhone Blends. Volcanic rock & granite-based soils give their wines a robustness that make them unique, and highly sought after, particularly from the two best-known counties, Amador and El Dorado. Zinfandels here are spicy and structures, with brambly fruit and excellent backbone. Once a well-kept secret, wine from the Sierra Foothills is now on the national wine map.
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.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>4 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 8
- 4 Stars: 11
- 3 Stars: 0
- 2 Stars: 2
- 1 Stars: 1
25 ratings, 15 with reviews511/1/2012Oneof the best Zins I have tasted in a long time.47/12/201246/27/2012
Love all the Four Vines Zins.55/3/2011
- Big & Bold
Almost as good as the Biker. You cannot go wrong with this wine.jbloore - Lockport, IL412/9/2011
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
The taste is big and bold yet fruity and smooth. An initial fruit flavor of cherry is followed by blackberry, pepper and spice. Smooth finish with a hint of alcohol. Very good wine for the price. I would buy this bottle again for the price.411/29/2011I was happily surprised by this wine. Rich cherry flavor with a long finish. Definitely worth the $14.99 price tag.mad dog 20/20 - New York, NY211/8/2011410/17/2011very good wine for the price especially at $17 a bottle59/8/2011This wine was rich and flavorful-smooth. Would absolutely buy again!48/1/2011Cornfusion - Poughkeepsie, NY47/28/201127/15/2011overrated. would not buy againgrobey - Chester Springs, PA57/6/2011full bodied with great finish46/28/2011
- Big & Bold
Almost tasted like port, very strong but I loved it.56/13/2011
- Big & Bold
tasty, warm mouthful. Delicious.Scott Citino - Fernandina Beach, FL55/30/2011
- Big & Bold
This is another great bold zinfandel from Amador County with a large blackberry and bing cherry forward and spicy peppery finish. Wonderful!55/4/2011Lisa J - Quakertown, PA44/23/201154/15/2011Perfect. Must buy more. Full bodied, great finish, full flavor.susan little - San Francisco, CA43/28/201143/19/2011Not as burly as expected for a Zinfandel - fairly refined and smooth, especially for this price point.Bob4 - Northport, MI13/17/2011But no, the other four were the same: Vile. Simply awful. Had to double up on my GERD medicine.
- Big & Bold
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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