Gordian Knot Winery

2011 Winberrie Vineyard RRV Old Vine Zinfandel

Zinfandel •Winberrie Vineyard

California: Sonoma County: Russian River Valley

Offer Expired:Aug 07, 2020 at 11:59 pm
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Mission Briefing


Knot to miss

Who had the nastiest curveball? Sandy Koufax maybe. Or Nolan Ryan…maybe Kerry Wood?

Sometimes you think you know what’s coming and then whiff. Like this wine. Because man, we did not see a 9-year-old Zin bringing the heat. We expected a slow, tired, meatball down the middle with nothing on it… and then we tasted it.

Ohhoooo. Whaaaat??!

Nearly a decade of age, but SO MUCH fresh fruit. Like time just stopped. Maybe it’s the old vines (planted in 1906!!) hailing from a registered Heritage Site by the Historic Vineyard Society. Or the deft handiwork of winemaker team Tim Meinken and Anne Giere, who first put Sapphire Hill on the map before starting Gordian Knot. Whatever the case, we simply didn’t expect the striking ruby color, vibrant to the core. Or the ripe dark berries and savory herbs, all manner of black, blue and purple fruit speckled with spicy depth and a hint of woodsmoke. Rich and jammy, for sure, but not thick or syrupy. Just straight up fantastic Russian River Valley single vineyard Zinfandel doing its thing.

While historians continue to debate if Alexander the Great solved the first Gordian Knot properly or not, we did it! We’re still trying to untangle the mental pretzel this Zin spun inside our brains, and maybe that’s why we lopped a phat 60% off.

UNDER $15?! You know the drill… while it lasts.

Tasting Profile


Striking ruby color, still vibrant with no discernable signs of age


Telltale old vine complexity with ripe dark berries and savory herbs


Black, blue, and purple fruits adorned by spicy depth and a hint of smoke


Long, with sweet, borderline jammy fruit and a haunting tannic grip


Stews, dishes that combine meat or mushrooms with dried fruits

What the Winery Says

Tim Meinken
100% Zinfandel
Winberrie Vineyard
Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Vineyard size
2 acres
Planted in
12 months
33% new French & American oak
3 barrels

About the Winery

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