1000 Stories Zinfandel

Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                    Ok here we go! The 1000 Stories Zin is a dark inky purple with a blood red hue. The stain on this wine is very high and just by the looks of it you can prepare yourself for purple teeth. On the nose the wine has big red Twizzler, vanilla, and butterscotch, Werthers Original style, aromas.

On the palate the wine has a very full body mouthfeel, not the fake extracted syrup fruit that you often get from mass produced cheap red blends, but real fresh, rich, overripe strawberry and blackberry fruit. The wine is a fruit bomb but a real natural fruit bomb that has a sense of order and class.

Most fruit bombs are like Mike Tyson, yes they are strong and powerful but they lack a sense of discipline and class. This fruit bomb is more like Joe Lewis, a great fighter that was classy and refined, but still a bomber. This wine is also a closet oak bomb…but it is in the closet! It’s a wild ride and it had me really trying to figure out its oak characteristics. I was on the fence but as the wine lingered on the finish it became clear to me that this wine is its own, unique version of a rather overdone style in California. Cheers.

Tansey’s Blind Review – 90 points

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Points


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Wine Selection –  1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zin 

Producer – 1000 Stories 

Wine Maker – Bob Blue

Style –  Dry Red Blend Jammy and soft 

Varietals – 85% Zinfandel, 13% Petit Sirah , 2% Syrah 

Region – Mendocino County, California USA 

Alcohol – 15.4%

Oak – New Bourbon oak barrels

Food Pairing – Hamburgers, wet ribs,Pizza, meatballs, every night 

Bourbon Oak ? From the Winery

We are dedicated to incorporating the gentle impact of new Bourbon oak barrels into the Zinfandel wine, with its charred vanilla and dried herbs flavors. The new bourbon barrels from Independent Stave Company give the same impact as a wine barrel, but with a unique flavor profile. The blend is aged in grand old bourbon barrels from distilleries such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. Some of these barrels are 13 years old and were once used to make the highest quality bourbon.

Bourbon is uniquely American. It is derived from indigenous corn and aged in native, locally made American Oak barrels that have been toasted and charred to give bourbon its distinctive color and taste. This American whiskey became known as bourbon due to its association with the area of Kentucky known as Old Bourbon in the early 1800s.http://www.1000storieswines.com

What is Zin

Zinfandel is often referred to as Zin; in Italy it is known as Primitivo. It is a descendant of the Croatian grape, Crljenak. Zin came to the US in the early 1800s and made its notable bottle debut at the California State Fair in 1858. It is now considered America’s grape varietal. Taste characteristics from Zins are typically big dark red and black fruits, dry cocoa, vanilla, with other oak nuances. These wines are often full bodied, rich, and high in alcohol content, with low acidity and low tannin. They pair very well with wet BBQ, pizza, and burgers or simply all by themselves. Cheers! Eric Tansey, CSW