J. Doran Vineyards
2009 J Doran Vineyards Zinfandel
Zinfandel •J Doran Estate Vineyard
California: Contra Costa County
Going for Gold
Today’s recommended wine was a huge hit with our tasting panel. All of us so used to wines from Napa and Sonoma, when we tasted today’s delicious treat, we were all very impressed. Wines from Contra Costa can deliver comparable quality - for a far lower price than their Napa/Sonoma rivals - and this wine is reall proof of that!
Dark and lush, this wine is deeply flavorful, delightfully complex and such fun to drink. We found ourselves spending a great deal of time with this wine, exploring its myriad aromas and flavors. Unanimously, we all agreed that this wine delivers exceptional value.
We paired ours with a vegetarian lasagne that was loaded with grilled fresh vegetables. The combination was perfection. Enjoy now, or cellar for the next several years. We believe that this wine will continue to get even better.
Plummy red with a darker heart of pure garnet. After giving the wine a hearty swirl, it settles down, quickly, leaving behind tall, skinny, wine-solo red legs that move swiftly down the glass.
Lush and complex, with layers of aromas, led by brambly blackberry, blueberry, cranberry, pine and mocha out in front. As the wine opens up, black cherry, sweet baking spice, dried leather, cracked peppercorn, subtle sage and a hint of pine join in.
Black cherry, plum and bramble berries are followed by dried cherry, dried cranberry, tobacco leaf, dried leather, sweet spice, cedar and black pepper.
Extremely long, with spiced black fruit, mocha, bramble and sweet tobacco leaf, gradually yielding to cracked pepper, flint and a hint of cedar.
What the Winery Says
Our first release from our Estate vineyard. This is the wine that started it all for us. The vineyard was planted in 2004 on a steep hillside in Contra Costa County. Picked in early September ‘09, a 4 day cold soak before innoculation. Lightly pressed over Yountville Cabernet skins. Barreled into Medium toast plus French Oak barrels. Aged for 19 months
About the Winery
J. Doran Vineyards is a boutique regional producer of quality, hand crafted artisan wines. Started in 2004 by Christopher Doran, J. Doran wines is an example of how “one small thing can lead to another”. We create great quality wines that you want to share with friends and family, blending great quality and a relaxed flavor and feel, perfect for enjoying with a great meal or a great time.
Located in the historic Napa Valley, J. Doran Vineyards creates regional flavor while using the premium grapes and quality winemaking skills found only in the California Napa Valley wine country.
Winemaker Christopher Doran
Chris began making wine with Domenico Winery in San Carlos, CA. To gain more technical knowledge Chris attended UC Davis’s Small Vineyard Management program. He also needed more hands on experience and went to work as an intern at Myriad Cellars, Rivers Marie and Kobalt wineries. Using those invaluable experiences, Chris channeled what he learned into J. Doran Vineyards and today makes artisan, high quality, hand-crafted, small-batch wines.