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Jul 27, 2007 06:26 PM

Zinfandel Port Recs?

I had only rather recently discovered Zinfandel ports. Had the first one at Bouchon in Las Vegas last year and was blown away by it - but don't remember the brand.

Had another one recently up in Napa, at Mustards Grill which was equally wonderful. My husband and I are now on a quest to acquire some for our home consumption, but alas, this seems to be somewhat difficult.

None of my local wine stores have any in stock (I live in a small town) and I haven't been able to find much information on line as to which wineries are producing these.

Can anyone help?

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  1. I googled zinfandel port and can up with a few places. and Give these a try . Hope they help

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    1. re: pamela1366

      Thanks Pamela. What kills me about that, is we were just in Napa and tried to get to Rutherford but were there too early for the tour. We left, intending on coming back but got involved in other tours, and never made it back. If we had only known this when there...but hindsight, you know?

    2. Depending on whether you want the best example of the style, or are simply looking for it locally, you might choose different bottles. Rosenblum makes a late vintage Zinfandel; Evenus makes a port-style wine from Zinfandel which is quite affordable at $10 for 375mL. The latter is available at Trader Joe's; the former at places like BevMo.

      I have no complaints with the Evenus; it tasted like spicy berries to me, which is what I want from a Zinfandel. Of course, that's just my tastes, yours may be totally different.

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      1. re: ttriche

        I'm looking for good quality, not just something to suck down :-)

        I happen to enjoy Rosenblum's other Zins so that would be a good choice.

        And while I'm no wine snob, I do know enough about them to be able to tell good quality from poor, so finding good examples is important to me. My husband, on the other hand, would probably enjoy the Evenus since he's not as picky as I am.


      2. I think my number one rec would be to have some fun and try to pick up on distinctions btw the various great zinfandel vinicultural regions of California...

        Whatever you do, when you're talkiong late harvest zins and Zinfandel port, be sure to taste some Amador offerings in there ! Enjoy :)

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        1. re: Chicago Mike

          Amador! I already love Renwood :-) One of my favorite Zins!

          1. re: sivyaleah

            they make nice Zins, but their "Port" is actaully made from traditional varietals that they grown on the property, not Zin.

        2. Ballentine makes a great Zinfandel port if you can get your hands on it. Very rich and flavorful.

          1. With all the usual provisios that "Zinfandel Port" isn't really Porto, etc., etc., etc., you should be able to find several examples of this type of Zinfandel wine, depending upon where you live. (They will either be available on the shelves of wine merchants, or you maybe able to have the wine shipped to you.)

            In addition to the two excellent examples provided (with links) by pamela1366:

            -- Rutherford HIll (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Norman Vineyards (Paso Robles winery; Cucamonga grapes)

            Other examples (in alphabetical order) are avalable from a variety of wineries:

            -- Ballentine (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Brutacao (Mendocino winery/grapes)
            -- Charles Krug (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Dover Vineyard (Paso Robles winery/grapes)
            -- EOS (Paso Robles winery/grapes)
            -- Freemark Abbey (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Galleano (Cucamonga winery/grapes) [scroll down
            ]-- Jessup (Napa Valley winery/grapes) [scroll down
            ]-- Jocelyn (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Kent Rasmussen (Napa Valley winery/grapes)
            -- Kunde Winery (Sonoma Valley winery; grape origin unknown)
            -- Lolonis (Mendocino winery/grapes)
            -- Mayo Family Winery (Sonoma Valley winery; Russian River Valley grapes)
            -- Monteviña (Amador winery/grapes) -- and then click on the links to wines > dessert wines > Zin Port
            -- Rosenblum (Alameda Co. winery; SF Bay grapes)
            -- Selby (Sonoma winery/grapes)
            -- Sobon Winery (Amador winery/grapes)
            -- Stuart Cellars (Temecula winery/grapes)

            AND there are many, many more . . . .


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            1. re: zin1953

              Wow! Thanks for that long list Jason. I can't even begin to tell you how much I appreciate it (BTW, I know Zin Port isn't Port per se, but a "port style", which is why I specifically said "Zinfandel Port" :-)