2012 Phipps Family Zinfandel

2012 Phipps Family Zinfandel

Sonoma County Ranches, Dry Creek Valley

Micro Production | 'The Cab Lover's ZIN'

$19.99
Retail Price
$32.00
Savings
38%



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VARIETAL: Zinfandel

ALCOHOL: 15.90%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

"Very Good"- Wine Enthusiast

93 Insider Points

Reviews:

"Coconut, chocolate and coffee make for sweet and savory companions in this mushy, grippy and satisfying wine. Big on power and concentration, it has an underlay of brown sugar."- Wine Enthusiast 

Andy Phipps comes through again with this special Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Mostly Traborce vineyard in dry creek. The wine is dark cherries and spice with a slight touch of modern american barrel use for sex apeal. This wine is bold and soft in the mouth, dark fruit at the core drives this wine. Fantastic daily drinking Zinfandel. -WB 6/17

 

 

Why We're Drinking It:

Oh happy day! Ultra-premium zin from a top-secret vineyard will satisfy all your zinful lusts with one sip. From the top rated Treborce Vyd (90+ points club alert), this Phipps Family Zin puts glorious, grippy Zinfandel front and center.

When everything goes just right: What a bottle! Wine Enthusiast called it “big on power and concentration.” They’re not wrong. This gloriously rich bottle owes quite a bit to the circumstances of its birth. It certainly shows off the concentration and quality that the 2012 vintage promised. Most of this Zin hails from the Treborce Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, an area where 2012 was particularly generous. This opulent fruit gained even more bottle cred after 30 months in oak (American, French, and Hungarian oak, if you’re curious).

Get to the root of it all: There’s a secret on the eastern side of Sonoma’s famed Dry Creek Valley. In the region that is giving new life to Cali’s oldest grape, Treborce Vineyard is taking it very old school. Their original plantings (on St George rootstock, if you’re geeking out with me today) are grafted with 100+ year old budwood from prestigious ranches in Sonoma Valley. It’s the sort of vineyard that regularly produces 90+ point wines.

Phipp pip hooray! Winemaker and terrible souvenir shopper, Andrew Phipps received his first wine-bug bite while spending a semester in France during college. Upon returning home, his backpack contained one scarf for his mother and a slew of French wines. We’re hoping it was a really nice scarf, since that backpack of wine is now the gift that keeps on giving. Andrew made his climb up the wine ladder the old-fashioned way: started at the bottom while working at Beaulieu Vineyards. With 18 years and some time working for André Tchelistcheff later, he’s got all the right stuff to make mind-bogglingly good wine.

Tasting Notes:

Lively black cherry and lush blackberry are joined by cocoa nibs, cigar box, baking spices, and toasty oak on this rich palate. The fleshy mouthfeel lingers and lingers with each sip.

The Story to Know:

From the winery:
The Phipps Family of Wines is a collection of small and medium production wines that pay homage to the finest winemaking practices and vineyards in the great state of California. PFC was founded in 2004 with a desire to create reserve wines for memorable occasions. In twelve harvests, Phipps Family Cellars has grown from producing 350 cases of Zinfandel to producing over 3,500 cases of Sauvignon Blanc, Melange Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel. The popular red wine blend Status Quo was added in 2007. In 2015, we added our third label, California Wine Company, which is geared toward the next generation of wine consumers. The Phipps Family of Wines can only be found in the best restaurants, private clubs, specialty wine shops, gourmet markets and via select online wine purveyors.

Perfect Pairings:

This is a quintessential BBQ or charred steak wine, but we’ll also be enjoying ours with pizza, pasta or a nice grilled lamb burger.

Oh happy day! Ultra-premium zin from a top-secret vineyard will satisfy all your zinful lusts with one sip. From the top rated Treborce Vyd (90+ points club alert), this Phipps Family Zin puts glorious, grippy Zinfandel front and center.

When everything goes just right: What a bottle! Wine Enthusiast called it “big on power and concentration.” They’re not wrong. This gloriously rich bottle owes quite a bit to the circumstances of its birth. It certainly shows off the concentration and quality that the 2012 vintage promised. Most of this Zin hails from the Treborce Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley, an area where 2012 was particularly generous. This opulent fruit gained even more bottle cred after 30 months in oak (American, French, and Hungarian oak, if you’re curious).

Get to the root of it all: There’s a secret on the eastern side of Sonoma’s famed Dry Creek Valley. In the region that is giving new life to Cali’s oldest grape, Treborce Vineyard is taking it very old school. Their original plantings (on St George rootstock, if you’re geeking out with me today) are grafted with 100+ year old budwood from prestigious ranches in Sonoma Valley. It’s the sort of vineyard that regularly produces 90+ point wines.

Phipp pip hooray! Winemaker and terrible souvenir shopper, Andrew Phipps received his first wine-bug bite while spending a semester in France during college. Upon returning home, his backpack contained one scarf for his mother and a slew of French wines. We’re hoping it was a really nice scarf, since that backpack of wine is now the gift that keeps on giving. Andrew made his climb up the wine ladder the old-fashioned way: started at the bottom while working at Beaulieu Vineyards. With 18 years and some time working for André Tchelistcheff later, he’s got all the right stuff to make mind-bogglingly good wine.

"Coconut, chocolate and coffee make for sweet and savory companions in this mushy, grippy and satisfying wine. Big on power and concentration, it has an underlay of brown sugar."- Wine Enthusiast 

Andy Phipps comes through again with this special Zinfandel from Sonoma County. Mostly Traborce vineyard in dry creek. The wine is dark cherries and spice with a slight touch of modern american barrel use for sex apeal. This wine is bold and soft in the mouth, dark fruit at the core drives this wine. Fantastic daily drinking Zinfandel. -WB 6/17

 

 

"Very Good"- Wine Enthusiast

93 Insider Points

Lively black cherry and lush blackberry are joined by cocoa nibs, cigar box, baking spices, and toasty oak on this rich palate. The fleshy mouthfeel lingers and lingers with each sip.

From the winery:
The Phipps Family of Wines is a collection of small and medium production wines that pay homage to the finest winemaking practices and vineyards in the great state of California. PFC was founded in 2004 with a desire to create reserve wines for memorable occasions. In twelve harvests, Phipps Family Cellars has grown from producing 350 cases of Zinfandel to producing over 3,500 cases of Sauvignon Blanc, Melange Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Zinfandel. The popular red wine blend Status Quo was added in 2007. In 2015, we added our third label, California Wine Company, which is geared toward the next generation of wine consumers. The Phipps Family of Wines can only be found in the best restaurants, private clubs, specialty wine shops, gourmet markets and via select online wine purveyors.

This is a quintessential BBQ or charred steak wine, but we’ll also be enjoying ours with pizza, pasta or a nice grilled lamb burger.