2011 Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel

SKU #1129355 92 points Wine & Spirits

 *Best Buy* 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.

K&L Notes

Artezin is a Hess Family Estates label focusing on, you guessed it, Zinfandel. Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel is a blend of sustainably farmed grapes from family-owned vineyards in the ridgelines and benchlands of the Ukiah Valley--which has long been the secret Zin pantry for big-name brands in Sonoma County.

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Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2013 | Send Email
This is the Zinfandel for summer barbecues. It over delivers for the price. The nose is full of black cherries, raspberries, peppercorn, and a slight savoriness. The palate is juicy with red fruit and a touch of oak. Very easy drinking and enjoyable, it'll be great for parties.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2013 | Send Email
The 2011 Artezin Mendocino County leads with a nose of boysenberry-blackberry fruit interwoven with hints of bay leaf, sage and cracked black pepper. On the palate, the pepper counterpoints dusty berry fruit flavors. The finish then goes puckery, with rosehip and acerola coming to the fore. This is an easygoing, medium bodied Zinfandel that never runs to extremes, whether of alcohol, tannin, sappiness or overt oak influence. That it has all this, and still clocks in at under fifteen bucks a bottle, makes this a serious contender for a value summertime red.

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5