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Wine Guerrilla 2009 Clopton Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel - Review

Russian River Valley, California

Our Selection for Wine of the Week June 4, 2012

A bottle of Wine Guerrilla 2009 Clopton Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel, our wine of the week

Wine Guerrilla
2009 Clopton Vineyard Old Vine Zinfandel

Russian River Valley, CA

Wine Guerrilla is a boutique operation dedicated to Sonoma County Zinfandel. Founded by Bruce Patch, the wine company focuses on the unique expression of Zinfandel in various climates and vineyard sites around the county. Currently, the winery produces over a dozen different Zinfandels. One is a Sonoma County blend, some are region specific and a select few showcase single vineyards. The 2009 Clopton Vineyard is one of those wines bottled to showcase the very special characteristics of this old vine vineyard. On the nose, the wine offers ripe black fruit and bramble aromas. Nicely balanced, it is juicy up front with sweet but reasonably restrained cherries, blue and blackberries. Toward the back of the palate, sandalwood, pepper and other earthy notes come out. Its tannins are surprisingly fine-grained, allowing the Russian River fruit to shine. We would like to see a bit more length but appreciate the wine's bright flavors. It would be a good wine to break out for a barbecue. Try it with spiced, grilled chicken thighs, herb-marinated lamb or portabella mushrooms stuffed with peppered goat cheese.

Rating: 14/20

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Wine Guerrilla 2009 Forchini Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel

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