Wine Advocate | Rating: 95The 2011 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch, an addition to the lineup, is stunningly beautiful. Violets, dark fruit, olives, licorice, asphalt and tar come to life in an utterly vivid Zinfandel endowed with pure depth and precision. Layers of fruit continue to build in the glass, leading to a rich, creamy finish that is captivating in its beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2026.Author: Antonio Galloni
Rating: 90Focused and sleek, with a core of vibrant acidity. The spicy raspberry aromas lead to crisp but tightly wound cherry, grilled herb and mineral flavors.Author: Tim Fish
Rating: 93Another highlight in this range, the 2011 Zinfandel Saitone Ranch is distinguished by its bright veins of underlying salinity and minerality. Here, it is the wine's focus that stands out most. Bright floral notes meld into juicy red berries, spices, mint and licorice. There is a sense of lift to the finish that I find especially appealing. Saitone Ranch was planted in 1895, which is remarkable for California, where the overwhelming majority of sites are much, much younger. The blend is 92% Zinfandel and 8% mixed blacks. - Antonio Galloni
California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like , , , and in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. and continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.
Zinfandel is native to Croatia but today is regarded as ’s signature variety. It is made in a range of styles, the best of which are full-bodied wines with high alcohol and aromas of red and black fruit, dried berry, cardamom, anise, smoke, and black pepper. Look to producers , , and for some of the best examples of California Zin.Zinfandel’s full body and high alcohol require a strong dish to pair, and curries, spiced barbeque, light meats, and hard cheeses make great choices.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 69 bottles owned
- 29 collectors