2012 Sineann "Old Vine" Columbia Valley Zinfandel

SKU #1155337 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* Sourced from The Pines vineyard on the Oregon side of the Columbia Valley, this is a wonderful anomaly for Zin lovers. Loaded with ripe, sweet fruits and accented with a wash of bourbon barrel, this is a riot of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry and cassis flavors. Just a dash of milk chocolate seeps into the finish. It’s too yummy not to drink this up while it’s in the first flush of youth.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

When was the last time you heard of an old vine Zinfandel not from California? After years of neglect, the Pines Vineyard was resurrected in the 1980s by vineyard manager Lonnie Wright. With vines that are now over 100 years old, the Pines Vineyard now produces one of the most unique expressions in Oregon. From the winery: "The 2012 is one of the best Old Vine Zins we’ve made - in a long string of very good ones. It is very dark, highly aromatic, with a huge, mouthfilling texture and a long, long finish."

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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.


- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.2