Four Vines Four-way Zin Review

If you were to have the chance to meet the winemaker at Four Vines in Paso Robles, Christian Tietje, and ask him what his style was, he’d most likely say “to make wines that do a kick-ass job of representing their varietal composition”. His fresh, bold attitude is, fortunately, one that we’ve been seeing more of over the past few years and I believe it’s a step in the right direction for helping to “take the snob out of wine”.

We first met Christian at the Seattle ZAP event have got the time to know him a bit and have really come to appreciate his demeanor. In this review, I take a look at four zinfandels from this relatively young winery.

2007 “Biker Zinfandel” – W.E.P. Rating: 100%

Technical data:
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alcohol: 15%
ph: 3.47
Total Acid: .53
Cases produced: 4091
Price: $25

Nose: black cherries, jam, black pepper, charcoal, tobacco and cola.

Taste: Vanilla-toasted black-cherry chocolates assault the front pallete and tug along a very lush mid-palatte transition of some char, asphalt and arugala. Very long finish that lasts for days with a stellar mouth-feel.

2007 Martinelle Vineyard Zinfandel – W.E.P. Rating: 80%

Technical Data:
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alcohol: 14.9%
ph: 3.37
Total Acid: .75
Cases Produced 343
Price: $35

Nose: Blackberries, sour cherries, vanilla, hazelnut, pomegranate.

Taste: Really nice attack of blackfruit coming into the mouth – blackberries, black plum, plum skin, black cherry cola. This gives way to a decent mid-palatte that consists of leather, saddle soap, cocoa powder and vanilla. The finish is okay but a bit too hot – you could hide some of the heat, however, if you pair it with the right kind of grilled foods.

2007 Sophisticate Zinfandel – W.E.P. Rating: 70%

Technical Data:
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Sonoma County
Alcohol: 14.8%
ph: 3.69
Total Acid: .71
Cases Produced: 1124
Price $25

Nose: Strong vanilla on the nose – like so many zins – along with spicy raspberries, milk chocolate, black cherries and blackberries.

Taste: Strong dose of vanilla-covered spiced red fruits along with anise. As with all of these wines there’s a good dose of fruit and spice right off the bat which does have a decent mid-palate transition, however, the finish has too much vanilla in it and is too short for me.

2005 Zinfandel Port – W.E.P. Rating: 90%

Technical Data:
Varietal: Zinfandel
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alcohol: 18%
ph: 3.65
Total Acid: .68
Cases Produced: 1100
Price: $25

Nose: Dark chocolagte with a MASSIVE attack of cigars and hints of peppered blackberries and black cherries.

Taste: A dominican cigar, caramel, blackberries, dark chocolate and a touch of honey. Superb “mouthfeel” that slides easily down the ol’ hatch. Good finish that lingers quite well – would be an easy pick with some cheesecake.