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Paris Valley Road California Zinfandel 2017

Red Wine from USA - California
4.454550000 star rating 11 Reviews
A new addition to our range, singled out in our Wine Champions blind tastings for its sophistication and vibrancy, as well as all the fullness and damson richness you’d expect from a good bottle of zinfandel. The use of oak is judicious, allowing a streak of acidity to refresh the palate and invite another glass.
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Code: US9731

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Very full and rich
  • Zinfandel
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2024
  • 15% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

California Vintage 2017

2017 gave winemakers the headache of a very hot end of the growing season followed by damaging fires that affected a small part of the harvest. And all this after a wet winter and perfect start to the summer had given rise to great optimism. Winemakers tried to contain sugar levels and harvested grapes like pinot noir earlier, before shrivelling and overripeness marred their potential. The later ripening cabernet benefited from relieving rains and cooler temperatures late on. To cap it all the fires came at the end of the harvest, though many areas had brought in most of their grapes by then. Napa and Sonoma had harvested 90% of their fruit and Mendocino 75%. The fires, as well as their direct damage to communities and forests, created smoke that tainted some fruit not yet harvested. It also cut power to many wineries, causing even more head and heartache to winemakers.

Thankfully, the untainted grapes that were harvested were of outstanding quality and the wines live up to the fruit, ...
2017 gave winemakers the headache of a very hot end of the growing season followed by damaging fires that affected a small part of the harvest. And all this after a wet winter and perfect start to the summer had given rise to great optimism. Winemakers tried to contain sugar levels and harvested grapes like pinot noir earlier, before shrivelling and overripeness marred their potential. The later ripening cabernet benefited from relieving rains and cooler temperatures late on. To cap it all the fires came at the end of the harvest, though many areas had brought in most of their grapes by then. Napa and Sonoma had harvested 90% of their fruit and Mendocino 75%. The fires, as well as their direct damage to communities and forests, created smoke that tainted some fruit not yet harvested. It also cut power to many wineries, causing even more head and heartache to winemakers.

Thankfully, the untainted grapes that were harvested were of outstanding quality and the wines live up to the fruit, both red and white.
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The Scotsman

In a line up of Wine Society wines, this sweet juicy zinfandel really stood out for its damson richness, racy acidity, balance, length and superb value. This is a crafty blend of 75% zinfandel with 24%...
In a line up of Wine Society wines, this sweet juicy zinfandel really stood out for its damson richness, racy acidity, balance, length and superb value. This is a crafty blend of 75% zinfandel with 24% syrah and 1% petite sirah aged 22 months in 20% new oak – but the oak is very soft and subtle; alarmingly easy to drink at 15%.
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Rose Murray Brown

The Times

Spot-on barbecue red, a bold, brooding, blueberry and sweet bramble fruit-licked zin, topped up with syrah.

Jane MacQuitty

Sunday Express

Weighing in at 15% alcohol, this isn't shy, but then the zinfandel grape rarely is. This is bold and flavourful with ripe berries and warm spicy woody detail, but it stays fresh and in balance on the...
Weighing in at 15% alcohol, this isn't shy, but then the zinfandel grape rarely is. This is bold and flavourful with ripe berries and warm spicy woody detail, but it stays fresh and in balance on the finish. A luxurious red.
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Jamie Goode

JancisRobinson.com

Transparent crimson. Intense, berry flavours on the nose. Very recognisably zinfandel. Unashamedly sweet (I thought the RS might be more like 7.4 g/l but the producer assures us it's 0.74 g/l), tart and...
Transparent crimson. Intense, berry flavours on the nose. Very recognisably zinfandel. Unashamedly sweet (I thought the RS might be more like 7.4 g/l but the producer assures us it's 0.74 g/l), tart and California. Not heavy and calling out for something salty to eat – sausages? Chorizo? I could imagine hoovering this up at a barbecue but it’s a bit OTT at the tasting table. High alcohol! Perhaps that's what makes it taste so sweet. 16/20
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Jancis Robinson

wine-pages.com

The 75% zinfandel is blended with 24% syrah and 1% petite sirah, the whole lot aged 22 months in oak, 20% new. Big, spicy, plump and ripe, there's a hint of volatility to blackberry and very ripe plum...
The 75% zinfandel is blended with 24% syrah and 1% petite sirah, the whole lot aged 22 months in oak, 20% new. Big, spicy, plump and ripe, there's a hint of volatility to blackberry and very ripe plum aromas. These lead on to a palate that is chewy and dense, the fruit packed on top of a stripe of tannin and plum skin acidity in a big-hearted mouthful of steak-friendly red. 89/100
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Tom Cannavan

Sunday Times

A light, vibrant, easy-drinking zinfandel blend replete with damson and intense fruit, but not too heavy and with a moreish streak of acidity.

Will Lyons

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