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2016 Downstream Zinfandel, 1.5ltr

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98Jeb Dunnuck

... Thrilling notes of black raspberries, spice box, white pepper, and crushed flowers all emerge from the glass, and it’s full-bodied and concentrated, yet as seamless, silky, and polished as they come...

95Vinous / IWC

... Potent, highly expressive black and blue fruit, potpourri and exotic spice aromas show outstanding clarity and pick up candied licorice, cola and black tea qualities with air. Silky, seamless and alluringly sweet, offering palate-staining boysenberry, cassis, bitter chocolate and violet pastille flavors... The floral and blue fruit qualities carry emphatically through a strikingly long, smooth finish framed by supple, steadily building tannins...incredibly seductive...

94+ The Wine Advocate

...bombastic, technicolor scents of stone fruit salad, dried leaves, cinnamon stick, cranberry jelly, raspberry, strawberry preserves and notions of white pepper, lilac, desiccated roses, dried earth and underbrush. The palate is medium to full-bodied with multicolored flavor layers, a gently grainy frame and juicy freshness, finishing long and perfumed. Yum!


United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.


Red Wine, Zinfandel

Zinfandel is a black-skinned grape, but 85% of the wine produced is made into a rosy “White Zinfandel.” Red Zin is far more complex and bold, while still being light-bodied. It grows in popularity as winemakers continue to experiment with new styles and blends.