J. Doran Vineyards

2010 Contra Costa Zinfandel


California: Contra Costa County

Offer Expired:Apr 02, 2013 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing


Digging Deeper

Today’s 2010 J Doran Zinfandel is a big, bold and juicy wine that hails from the sometimes overlooked Contra Costa AVA (American Viticultural Appellation). This region is rife with old vine wines, including some of the richest and most extracted Zins we’ve come across. Perhaps wines from Contra Costa are so good because the vines have to fight so hard to find water, digging deeper into the soils than their Sonoma County cousins.

Today’s wine has a big nose. One that matches perfectly with the palate; the wine bursts with layers of rich aromas and concentrated flavors. This wine is a real BBQ wine and with Springtime upon us - and summer just around the corner - we’ll be stocking up on this very budget-friendly wine from our good friend, Chris Doran.

Tasting Profile


Dark and inky with darkest purple hues, from the opaque heart of the wine, right out to the purple edging.


Big and very extracted, with bold aromas of blueberry and blackberry compote right out in front. Just behind these, black tea leaf, smoky black cherry, stewed plum, sweet blackberry candy, tobacco and cracked peppercorn round out the very rich nose.


Very bold and concentrated with loads of stewed berry fruit, plum and . These are balanced out by leather and the other earthen characteristics found on the nose.


Dusty leather is balanced against dark fruits and bold black pepper. This wine is chewy but also smooth. At the tail end, smoky oak and cracked pepper persist.


This wine begs to be paired with a hearty grilled steak, chicken teriyaki or a home baked blackberry pie ala mod.

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.

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