Sausal Winery Family Old Vine Estate Zinfandel 2009

Zinfandel from Sonoma County, California

$20.00 $11.99
Save $8.01
Item No. 121163
  • red wine
  • WS88
Style: Big & Bold

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.

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
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%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Sausal Family Zinfandel is produced from estate grown grape vines averaging 50 years old. Following fermentation, the wine was aged twenty-one months in a combination of American and French oak barrels, adding complexity. This wine can be aged four to six years from its release date. We recommend you pair this wine with a creamy cheese pasta alfredo or stroganoff. This wine will also lend itself beautifully to a heavy cheeses like a blue, or a mushroom covered fillet.

Critical Acclaim

"Zesty and appealingly briary, with easygoing notes of dried cherry, licorice and black pepper. Tannins sneak in on the finish. Drink now through 2017."
88 Points

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Style: Big & Bold
First let say this beauty was way-way-way under scored, by far. Nose; Dark Cheries, Vanilla and Oak. Palate; Blackberries/Cheries intertwined and competed in and out of each other to be noticed, followed with a nice subtle oak, ending smooth and velvety, yet still some tanning left to give it a few more good years to even better itself, although this gem is ready now. Which is somewhat unfortunate for me because I only purchased a couple of bottles and cannot get any longer. Excellent wine to bad they sold their winery to Silver Oak, or should I should Hopefully not to bad..Time will tell. I recommend to open at least an hour, made a nice difference in its completionto it's smoothness A solid 93 points..
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I am a zin lover, and this wine holds its own especially for the price point. I have been to Sausal's tasting room a few years back, and remember enjoying all of their zins, and buy their label whenever I can. This particular wine was a bit lighter, almost leaning towards a pinot. I bought a case and use it as an any-dinner drinker.
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A little light for my taste in Zinfandels. It is a wine that is okay, but not my favorite.
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Almost seventy years ago, farmer Manuele Demostene established a small winery on his Alexander Valley ranch. Like all other vintners at the time, his winery was equipped by Abele Ferrari, California's leading inventor and manufacturer of winemaking equipment. Their children Leo Demostene and Rose Ferrari married and established their own family home and vineyards in the Alexander...

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Learn About Sonoma County

Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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