Force of Nature Zinfandel Review

By Eric Tansey, CSW, Somm1

The Force of Nature Zinfandel has a very soft, purple color with medium plus stain on the glass. So yes, get ready for purple teeth. Big blackberry jam aromas with a little hint of gourmet grits thrown into the mix. I’m talking about the  grits that have fig preserves and gorgonzola swirled into them…if you have never had that style of grits, you are missing out. Recipe to come soon! Ok, back to the wine. On the palate the wine has a full body mouthfeel with fruit driving the bus. Blackberry and black pepper jump off of the tip of the tongue. The mid palate brings oak nuances with subtle cocoa, caramel, and milk chocolate.

Very classic Paso Robles wine with big fruit, medium low tannin, and light acidity. I would like to mention that the one thing that impressed me the most with this wine was the bright acidity. The acidity was light, but the wine was not flat. It had a brightness to it that cut the soft jammy-ness, giving it a tad more balance and structure.

 Tansey’s Blind Review- 87 points

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Wine Selection – Force of Nature Zinfandel 

Producer – Rob Murray, Tooth and Nail Winery 

Vineyards – Mossfire Ranch in Paso Robles 

Style –  Dry red blend, jammy and soft 

Varietals – 100% Zinfandel

Region – Paso Robles California (Furthest north in the larger southern region) 

Alcohol – 14.7%

Oak – All new oak, 20% French and 80% American 

Food Pairing – Hamburgers, wet ribs, pizza, meatballs, anytime 

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  

From the producer


Atypical for Paso Robles zinfandel, this gem exudes spicy raspberries in a dusty field of lavender and lilac. Opulence; an engulfing mouth feel of velvet cherries, rhubarb, brittle chocolate and finely crushed peppercorn. The finish is uplifting, with layers of bright acidity dancing on fine lush tannin. Part Primitivo in style, part California zinfandel, this is the progeny of a dusty Paso Robles farmer and a stunning Italian minx. Drink now through 2015.

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