The Carlton Restaurant

American Wines Red Zinfandel

BOGLE LODI’13 – “ Deep, rich blackberry and red licorice compete for attention, enlivened by aromas of pepper, cinnamon and fresh pencil shavings. Some apparent alcohol is distracting. Soft and round but with good acidity and a mineral core that makes the wine feel lively on the palate. A medium length, flavorful finish with soft tannins and no hint of sourness.”…….29.99

BRIDGES WINE CO. SONOMA’12 – “ From two wonderful Zin vineyards in the Sonoma Valley, Bedrock and Casa Santinamaria, this producer coaxes out spicy, dusty cinnamon and structured blackberry, the oak subtle yet present. With tannins managed and a firm structure holding things up, the finish shows a subtle hint of herb.” …………………..34.99

CANDOR CALIFORNIA’NV…34.99

CARLISLE SONOMA “PAPERA”’15 – “A killer effort is the 2015 Zinfandel Papera Ranch, from a vineyard planted in 1934, and made from 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan. This is a good-sized wine, given its 15.4% alcohol, but like all of Mike Officer’s wines, the alcohol never shows. Moreover, he clearly gives the fruit plenty of attention so that it can strut its ripeness and full-bodied character, given the fact that he rarely uses more than 20-25% new French oak, and of course, the wines are bottled with no clarification by fining or filtering.”…………94.99

COSENTINO LODI “CIGAR” ZINFANDEL’16…………….37.99

EBERLE PASO ROBLES’16 ………54.99

FROG’S LEAP NAPA’15 –  Like any good zin, this wine needs a lot of time in a decanter to show its best. When first opened, it’s bright, sappy and a little bitter in its red fruit. A few hours later, it’s rounded by dark berry flavors, the fruit racy and fresh. It’s still clean and fresh the next day, with lovely crunchy red fruit—better, in fact, than the day before. Frog’s Leap consistently produces a classic Napa Valley zinfandel, farming organically and without irrigating the vines.”…….63.99

PEDRONCELLI  SONOMA “MOTHER CLONE”’14 – “A zesty red, with a lively balance and appealing notes of dried cherry, sweet anise and pepper.”………36.99

PEIRANO LODI “HERITAGE OLD VINE”’15  – Bright dark garnet color. Toasty aromas and flavors of nutella on raisin toast, roasted chestnuts, and chocolate fondue with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, long sour cherries, black raspberries in cream, chocolate toffee, and pepper finish with fine, crunchy tannins and light oak. A delicious zinfandel bursting with flavor and varietal character.”………….33.99

RABBLE CENTRAL COAST’15……………………36.99

RIDGE SONOMA GEYERSVILLE “50th VINTAGE”’15 – “It’s hard to believe that Ridge’s iconic Zinfandel Geyserville celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in 2015. Today, the wine is quite deep, powerful and unyielding. Of course, the low yields of the vintage have a lot to do with that. I am not surprised winemaker Eric Baugher decided to give the 2015 a few more months in barrel, as there is a lot of stuffing here. The interplay of fruit, aromatics and acidity is compelling. Red cherry jam, pomegranate, rose petal and woodsmoke infuse the finish.”…………79.99

ROMBAUER  NAPA’16 – “While not everyone in the global wine world has bought into full-bodied, rounded, and very fruity California Zinfandels, I have found the wines enticing and intriguing. The 2016 Rombauer Vineyards Zinfandel is very New World in style. The wine’s truckload of berries and satiny-smooth palate.”…………….65.99

STEELE MENDOCINO  “SHOOTING STAR”’12……………….……29.99

TERRA D’ORO AMADOR’15 – This terrific wine has vibrant fruit flavors and feelings of focus and energy on the palate. Firm acidity and fine-grained tannins add structure and lend support to the spicy oak and ripe cherry and blackberry nuances that start in the aromas and carry through the taste and finish.”……….32.99

TRIONE SONOMA “FLATRIDGE RANCH”’13 ……………… 82.99