2010 Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel

SKU #1089423 90 points Wine Spectator

 A zesty Zinfandel that's loaded with spice, offering aromas of dark cherry and licorice that lead to lively plum, toasty sage and anise flavors. Finishes with ripe, briary tannins. Drink now through 2017. (Web-2012)

Wine Enthusiast

 High on the delciousness-factor, this shows soft, seemingly sweet flavors of raspberry, cinnamon, smoky butter, sugar cookie and vanilla. It's a little one dimensional, but that dimension is a nice one. Drink now.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Artezin's 2010 Mendocino County is sustainably farmed by select family-owned vineyards along the ridgelines and benchlands of Ukiah Valley. Aromas of red and black berries with pepper and baking spices introduce a supple, jammy palate reverberating the pepper note. Second and third use French oak keeps the focus on the fruit and the food-friendly, bright structure. A blend of 89% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah, and 1% Carignan finish the wine from this vastly underrated Zinfandel-producing region.

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By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/29/2012  | Send Email
I love this Artezin Zinfandel! Classic varietal, fruit-forward, old vine, yummy zin! Plus in Wine Spectator's Advance for the June 15th issue this lovely Zinfandel was singled out as a SMART BUY!! Perfect for anything you want to throw on the grill!

By: Christie Cartwright |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/5/2012  | Send Email
Without a doubt one of the best California Zins I've had for under $20! Its a superb balance of juicy ripe fruit with spice and acidity that makes your mouth water! Definitely my pick for any summer BBQ I will be attending!

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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- 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.
Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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 (%): 14.8