Cougar's Leap 2015 Black Rock Red Hills Zinfandel

Cougar's Leap 2015 Black Rock Red Hills Zinfandel

Wine Intrigue Award
Zin of the Year!
Wine Intrigue Award
Zin of the Year!

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WIA Zin of the year coming in hot!! You know we love our ripe, teeth staining, fruit packed Zins around here. No surprise this smash hit from Nils Venge made it to the top. It’s a fantastic value, and just popping with all kinds of ripe, savory, dark fruit. If you’re new around here, WIA stands for Wine Intrigue Awards, when we revisit our best, most popular, most re-requested wines of the year. One last chance to grab your favorites!

Nils Venge might be the proclaimed “King of Cabernet” but is he also the Czar of Zin?

One thing’s for sure, he’s been a dominant FORCE in the wine industry for 4 decades now. He helped propel Charles Krug, Mount Eden, Sterling, Saddleback and Groth into the forefront of California’s wine scene. Oh and he crafted Groth’s 1985 100-point Cabernet – the first-ever perfect scoring CA wine. Not too shabby.

But you don’t need to drop hundreds of dollars to get a taste of his talent. Today, if you can spare $19, you’ll own one of the best value Zins we’ve come across.

Cougar’s Leap is Nils’ personal project, and Black Rock Ranch is his sanctuary in Lake County, just a few miles north of his Oakville home base in the heart of Napa Valley. There he focuses on Petite Sirah and Zinfandel under the warm sun, in deep black obsidian rich soil. And yes, cougars roam wild there.

The wild, dark terrain directly translates into the wine. It’s inky, dark, teeth staining stuff, for sure. So dark the street lights come on when you open it. And you can be sure it’s not a wine for the meek or mild mannered. Deep, RIPE layers of rum-raisin cake, blackberry, fig preserve, and crushed terracotta, with undertones with nuances of chocolate, and mocha complicate matters on the tarry, grippy palate. Round, velvety, complex, and immense on the authoritative finish, with a full-bodied, spicy, juicy, savory charm lingering. A true BBQ wine no doubt.

Unfathomable one might think, however, our exclusive partnership with the winery brings a 50% savings off retail, along with one of the darkest, brawniest and mightiest Zins you will ever have.

All that Zin for $19?

Double Gold, 94 points – Orange County 2019 Wine Competition

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What the Winery Says 2015 Black Rock Red Hills Zinfandel

Cougar's Leap
Cougar's Leap
Winemaker
Nils Venge
Varietals
100% Zinfandel
Vintage
2015
Appellation
Red Hills, Lake County, CA
Elevation
2,300 feet
Alcohol
14.5%
Harvest Date
October 2, 2015
Harvest
Hand-picked 7.30 tons
Sugar at Harvest
26.5 Brix
Fermentation
In 4X4 bins for 10 days
Acidity
6.7 g/L
pH
3.96
Aging
18 months in neutral French oak
Bottling date
June 6, 2017
Production
16 barrels
Aging
18 months in 50% new American oak

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Cougar's Leap Winemaker Nils Venge
Cougar's Leap Winemaker Nils Venge
Cougar's Leap 2015 Black Rock Red Hills Zinfandel 750ml Wine Bottle
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Cougar's Leap 2015 Black Rock Red Hills Zinfandel 750ml Wine Bottle
Offer Expired Dec 17, 2021 at 11:59 pm
$00.00
Price Redacted
$45.00
Elsewhere