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Forgotten Vines Zinfandel Reviews

Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2019 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Silver | September 24, 2018 | Harvest Fair, Sonoma County
Score: 92 | June 29, 2018 | Wine Advocate

The 2015 Zinfandel Forgotten Vines is medium garnet-purple colored and opens with lovely potpourri and baking spice notes over a core of Black Forest cake, dried mulberries and prunes plus touches of fried herbs and new leather. Opulently fruited with loads of spicy berry preserves flavors and a chewy frame, it has a good long, refreshing finish.

Score: Double Gold | January 30, 2018 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Silver | September 27, 2017 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: 90 | April 28, 2017 | Wine Advocate

With a deep garnet-purple color, the 2014 Zinfandel Forgotten Vines gives pronounced notes of prunes, baked blackberries and black cherry coulis with hints of balsamic, licorice and Indian spices. Full-bodied, concentrated and packed with baked berry and spice flavors, it has a lively backbone and velvety texture to support, with excellent persistence.

Score: Gold | January 19, 2017 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Gold | September 19, 2016 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: 90 | June 30, 2016 | Wine Spectator

Offers plump fruit and aromas of floral raspberry and toasty spice that combine with jammy cherry, licorice and cracked pepper flavors. –TF

Score: 89 | September 19, 2015 | Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition

SILVER

September 20, 2015 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair

SILVER

Score: Gold | February 9, 2015 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | January 12, 2015 | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Score: Double Gold | September 22, 2014 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
September 16, 2014 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: 90 | April 1, 2014 | Wine Enthusiast
This Zin is like a cuddly old pussycat. It purrs in your lap, yet there’s a lot of personality. The Old Vines designation refers to the sourcing of the grapes from pre-Prohibition vineyards. That may or may not account for the unusual softness and approachability. But what’s certain is that this Zinfandel is delicious in black cherries, raisins, olive tapenade, black pepper and smoky oak.
Score: Silver | February 6, 2014 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: 89 | December 1, 2013 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Zinfandel Forgotten Vines spent 15 months in a combination of French and American oak. It possesses a healthy dark ruby color along with impressive cherry, raspberry and cranberry fruit notes intermixed with notions of pepper and spice, medium to full body, and lots of character and personality. Drink this excellent Zinfandel over the next 4-5 years.
Score: Gold | September 30, 2013 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: Best of Class | September 30, 2013 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: 87 | May 1, 2013 | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
(raised for 15 months in a combination of French and American oak; 15.5% alcohol): Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and singed plum on the nose and in the mouth. Warm and supple in texture, with a note of finishing heat and soft tannins coming on late. Plenty rich but I wish that there were more vivacity here.
Score: 90 | March 18, 2013 | Wine Spectator
Zesty and ripe, but balanced by a solid core of acidity and tannins. Aromas of dried cherry and licorice open to briary plum, toasty sage and cracked pepper flavors.
Score: Silver | February 1, 2013 | American Fine Wine Competition
Score: Silver Medal | September 30, 2012 | Sonoma County Harvest Fair
Score: 92 | June 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
Picture perfect Sonoma Zin, said to be made from old-vine vineyards. It’s dry, softly tannic and sweetly ripe in black raspberry, cherry and blackberry fruit, with a rich earthiness and even an umami touch of grilled bacon. Delicious for drinking now.