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Edmeades Petite Sirah 2012

Edmeades Petite Syrah 2012Write up by Wine Enthusiast

Purchased from Edmeades Tasting Room, $35


Aaron: Licorice was an unexpected participant on the mildly full, black nose of this Petite Sirah which also sported dark oak and vine-covered wooden fence posts.  Heavy tannins make their presence known along the sides of your tongue, which force the flavor to be dry but still very full and satisfying.  I wish I could taste more of the flavor to be honest, there’s lots of berry and vanilla with chocolate and silver but the chalky tannins make it hard for those flavors to break through.  89 points

Teri: Big and Bold. This wine stands up to your big hearty meals and other bold savory flavors. I could smell dark forest berries with a hint of chocolate on the nose than on first sip – prominent flavors of blueberry compote with plum and baking soda on the finish. Strong and long lasting flavor but a bit chalky tannins at the start. The wine smoothed out further as the evening went on. I suggest aerating it for at least an hour before enjoying this wine. 90 points 

 

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Edmeades Zinfandel 2012

Edmeades Website, $20/bottleEdmeades Zinfandel

Total Wine & More, $13/bottle


Aaron: Full, oaky, berry nose, rounded out by smoke and tar, complementing the blackness of the berries.  This had a nice mouthfeel with velvety strawberries, making it generally full and smooth.  The flavor has tons of vanilla and made for a pleasant, full-bodied zin.  91 points

Teri: Yum! Easy to drink but rich and hearty flavors of ripe cherry and raspberry marmalade on the finish. The bottle is rounded out with some underlying flavors of tobacco and vanilla. Medium-full body with strong flavors makes this an easy bottle to pair with rich sauces, meat, and creamy cheeses. 90 points 

**It looks this bottle is a consistent winner. Check out our tasting note and experience with their 2009 vintage: https://thevinoduo.com/2013/03/04/edmeades-zinfandel-2009-brix-wine-spot/ 

 

Edmeades Shamrock Vineyards Zinfandel 2012

Edmeades Shamrock Vineyards Edmeades Website, $31

Total Wine & More, General Edmeades Zin, $13


Aaron: The rocky, oak nose of this Zin reminds me of a river running through a dense, dark forest.  Some noticeable pepper rippling over prunes and blueberries continued the theme while tobacco rounded out the medium full body.  This has good tannins but not a super smooth finish, a bit too much bite.  89 points

Teri: Edmeades makes some fantastic bold reds, many of which are Zinfandels. Aaron and I had the wonderful opportunity to visit their location in Mendocino about a year ago and see their beautiful vineyard nestled between the rolling hills of the California coast. Their shamrock vineyard is the highest in elevation and the wine mirrors this with bold dark fruit flavors pair with flavors of oak. I didn’t taste much jamminess, instead had flavors of plum and bitter spice in a medium-bold body. 89 points 

 

Edmeades Gianoli Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel

Edmeades 2012Purchased from Edmeades Winery, $35


Aaron: This had a lighter nose than anticipated with some subtle red berries.  In general I’ve enjoyed the Edmeades bottles and this one didn’t disappoint either.  The flavor was full of chocolate and mild berries with a prominent oak.  This was fruity at the end but not immediately and in general was a good all-around full red.  90 points

Teri: This zinfandel contains a juicy nose of coco and black cherry. I enjoyed the flavors of dark cherry, smokey oak, and a finish of tobacco and unsweetened chocolate. The alcohol is slightly higher in this bottle (15.4%) but you don’t taste it, just warm delicious flavors of baking spices and berries. 89 points 

Kimmel Four Blocks Redessence 2012

Kimmel Four Blocks RedessanceKimmel Website


Aaron:  Teri’s comment that this is easy to drink is spot on.  It’s not a real winner for quality in my book but it’s got solid fruit and chocolate – almost like candy.  It was dry with some heavy tannins but if you want an intro wine this isn’t bad.  87 points

Teri: Very easy to drink. This wine smells of red berries and a hint of oak and those flavors continue into its smooth body of raspberry and blueberry. 87 points