2013 Novy "Papera Ranch" Russian River Valley Zinfandel (Previously $33)

SKU #1237280 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is slightly richer and more classic than the Russian River, from a vineyard planted in 1934. The wine is 97% Zinfandel and the rest mixed old-vine black varietals planted probably by the first or second generation of Italian immigrants. The wine has a deep ruby/plum color, a big sweet kiss of steak tartare, beef blood, blackcurrants, sweet cherries, baking spices, herbs and new saddle leather. It’s rich, ripe, full-bodied and opulent. This is a beauty to drink over the next 6-8 years. (RP)  (12/2015)

92 points Vinous

 Bright purple. Heady, complex scents of ripe black and blue fruits, incense, lavender and woodsmoke, with a mineral element adding vivacity. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering intense blackcurrant and blueberry flavors and a suggestion of allspice. Distinctly rich but lively as well, showing excellent finishing clarity and fine-grained tannins that build slowly and add grip. (JR)  (8/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A brooding youth, offering bright raspberry and dark blueberry fruit, with accents of smoked pepper, sage and mineral. The tannins are big but ripe. Drink now through 2022.  (8/2015)

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By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
From a seventy-plus old year old vineyard in Russian River this is bold, powerful Zin that mixes ripeness and structure seamlessly. Papera Ranch has been all the rage lately, with both this Novy Zin and Mike Officer’s Carlisle bottling both receiving huge scores in 2013. The Novy brings all the ripeness you’d expect in the nose, with a deep set of wild berries, fresh mint and dried local herbs bolstered by the other mixed varieties inter-planted in the vineyard. To me, this has a bit of the medicinal spice so often found in Petite Sirah and a little of the bloody/iron-like savor of Alicante Bouschet in the nose. Complex and deep on opening, decanting this wine will bring out its multitude of complexities nicely. Fleshy and with a texture of velvet, this is packed with boysenberry, clove, mocha, white peppercorns, and a touch of dried black fruits. Warm and comfy, this blanketing wine stays away for any discernible residual sugar and has flavor in excess unraveling slowly but steadily. The long, savory hued finish is really “brings the room together” and adds great dimension with flavors of thyme, sage and rare beef. I think this is a wine that could easily age 10 years or be drunk now with braised deliciousness.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
California hedonism comes with a screw cap in this vibrant and robust Zinfandel. Displaying plenty of ripe blackberry and boysenberry notes with undertones of cocoa and pepper, this wine exudes a juicy intensity without being overbearing. This is a perfect pairing with a fancy burger or braised short ribs! Super picnic or BBQ pick!

By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/23/2016 | Send Email
Big fan of juicy, jammy Zins? Me too. Showing notes of bramble fruit, blackberry preserve, plum and baking spice, this wine is deep and complex. The fruit is sourced from three high quality vineyard sites (Elsbree Vineyard [63%], Papera Ranch [25%] and the Carlisle Vineyard [12%]) in the Russian River Valley. This bottling is a wonderful articulation of both the 2013 vintage and the Russian River AVA. And for those with dietary restrictions, the juice is vegan-friendly and gluten free. Come grab a few while they're in stock.

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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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.
Alcohol Content (%): 15.8