Healdsburg Ranches Winery
2011 California Coastal Series Zinfandel
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We are thrilled, today, to bring you another fantastically affordable wine from our good friends at Healdsburg Ranches Winery. Their 2011 California Coastal Series Zinfandel is an easygoing and very approachable wine that one member of our tasting panel called, “an affordable Zin that could just be this summer’s daily drinker.”
With this wine, Winemaker Virginia Marie Lambrix shows off her skill at developing wines for any budget. While her high-dollar single vineyard wines are incredible, her budget-friendly wines really exceed our expectations for such well-priced treats.
Enjoy this Zinfandel with your favorite summer BBQ, or sip it all on its own. Just be sure to buy early. We got our hands on every last bottle that we could and we will likely sell out before midnight Pacific.
Deep ruby red hues through the translucent core of the wine, with pretty ruby red edges.
Dark black cherry, black plum, cassis, braised fig, braised plum, subtle tobacco, dried fall leaves and sweet spice.
Light across the front palate, this wine gradually settles onto the tongue, delivering flavors that almost perfectly mimic the nose.
Slightly drying, with grip at the edges of the palate. Medium-long with earth and spice persisting the longest.
Enjoy with pepper-crusted pork chops for a truly perfect compliment to this lighter-styled Zinfandel.
What the Winery Says
- 2011 California Coastal Series Zinfandel
- Reminds us a jolly fat man that can really dance…obvious weight, but graceful and totally uninhibited. Offering ripe raspberry, blackberry, and juicy fruit on the nose, this Coastal Zinfandel is well structured and elegantly smooth on the palate. Don’t let the weight of this wine fool you, well integrated tannins provide a flawless balance between fruit and spice.
- French Oak
- October 2012
About the Winery
The North Coast of California, that area to the west of the Mayacamas Mountains and north of San Francisco, is a patchwork of microclimates suitable for nearly any agricultural pursuit. Over the years, the land has been inhabited by a variety of ranchers and farmers, raising all sorts of livestock and growing everything from stone fruits and grapes to greens and root vegetables. In the early days of the California wine industry, Healdsburg was the center of the North Coast, a small farm town where the ranchers and farmers would come to get the tools, equipment, and supplies needed to maintain their ranches as well as themselves. It was here that they would also buy the local wines, varietally labeled, reasonably priced, and damn good.
Over the years, the wine industry has grown remarkably throughout the North Coast, and Healdsburg as well as much of its surroundings have gentrified. But those of us who remember the not-so-old days still recall those local wines, lacking pretense and flash, but possessing a quality that is rare even today. Maybe it was the lack of traffic and hubbub, or perhaps the company, or the view, or the event, but more than likely it was the fact that every time you tasted one of those wines you felt that you had grossly underpaid for it. The wines of Healdsburg Ranches are an homage to these wines. Produced only a handful of decades ago, from vineyards all over the North Coast, they were continually present while we were discovering and learning about the wine business in California, and we remember them well.
Today, our wines are produced from great vineyard sources using time-honored techniques (with a little modern technology thrown in), and our hope is that you will taste in them what we tasted back then. Wines true to their variety and place of origin, balanced, smooth, easy to drink, and hard to forget. We hope you enjoy them. In fact, we encourage you to tell us about your experiences learning about wine and the wine business, and how our wines fit in. After all, wine is about food, it’s about people…you can’t separate them: they go together. We look forward to reliving our experiences as we hear about yours.
Note: This wine brand is part of the Truett-Hurst, Inc. (THI) family of wines. THI owns a partial, non-controlling interest in The Wine Spies. When evaluating a wine, The Wine Spies place “Quality” above any other consideration. When we showcase a THI wine, it is because we love it. Agent Red has the final say on which wines we feature.