2014 Harris Kratka Zinfandel
Alexander Valley – Sonoma County
- GOLD MEDAL-Orange County Fair-June 2016
- Chairman's Award-Orange County Fair
- 91 pts-Zinfandel Chronicles-May 2016
300 cases produced.
From the esteemed Harris Kratka Vineyard comes this sumptuous offering, blending zinfandel, carignane & petite sirah, aged 18 months in French & American oak.
The 17-acre Harris Kratka Vineyard sits at the southern end of the warm Alexander Valley, bordering the Chalk Hill Appellation. Marshall Harris purchased the vineyard in 1992—and grows zinfandel, carignane and petite sirah, supplying grapes to Rosenblum, Pezzi King, DeLormier and many other prestigious wineries in Sonoma and Napa Counties.
What the Critics are Saying...
92 Points - 2014 Harris Kratka Vineyard: This is a Zinfandel, Carignane, and Petite Sirah blend. Drank over 2 nights, no decant. Deep, rich black cherry aromas. Massive fruit on the palate, right from the get-go. Soft texture, nice finish. Delicious, decadent wine, and a terrific value.
Randy Smith... The Wine Write
91 Points - Bright crimson in color. 15.4% ABV. Brooding nose of dark fruits, earth and white pepper. Big and plush on the palate with medium acidity. Flavors of blackberry, black cherry and dark cocoa. The finish is long and sweet with sneaky tannins. Well made Zinfandel from a super vineyard. Drink over the next 3-5 years.
Tom Lee... The Zinfandel Chronicles
Smells like a bunch of boysenberries that just stumbled out of a smoky barbecue pit. More sweet and spiked with Southwest chili pepper than sooty with charcoal, the spicy heat follows the aroma to the palate, joined by liberal dollops of blackberry jam. Firm but not fatiguingly tannic, the finish resolves on a more spicy than sweet note. Classic Sonoma County Zinfandel that’s heady, (15.4 percent alcohol by volume) but balanced on its own terms—not some wild-eyed ideologue’s.
James Knight... Sonoma County Tourism
Concentrated dense-packed and meaty. It’s a rubescent gel, dense and chewy compared to the winery’s Patchwork red blend, which is also Zin-dominant. The fruit is red and meaty, the oak is balanced, and the acidity adds lift.
Meg Houston Maker
91 Points-Deep ruby colored. A bunch of dusty, earthy, savory spice aromas, plenty of elegant floral tones, all on top of sweet red berries. Large and in-charge (15.4%), structured but silky, medium/low acidity keeps it from being too weighed down. Raspberry jam, juicy black cherries and currants, lots of rose petals, green herbs, potting soil, charcoal and smashed rock flavors. Complex and evocative. Huge and hedonistic but maintains mystique. I'd love to see how this ages over the next three or four years.
Isaac James Baker
92 Points-The wine is a deep maroon color. The full throttle nose has brambly berries, dusty minerals, warm baking spices, freshly ground espresso beans, eucalyptus, black pepper, dry underbrush, dark bittersweet chocolate and dried wildflowers. This has a full body with moderate tannins and good acidity. On the palate brambly berries, minerals and baking spices quickly take control on the front end with espresso beans, eucalyptus and black pepper coming in later. The nicely layered, lingering finish has dry underbrush, dark chocolate and a dried floral note providing great depth.
Cliff Brown... Cliff's Wine Picks
Opaque ruby with deep purple hues; warm notes of blackberries, cherries, plums, and pomegranate marmalade simmering on the stove, with baking spices and a cherry cola sweetness; cherry cola persists on palate in an unexpected yet pleasing experience, balanced tannins and acidity with a touch of natural sweetness though structured with an earthiness as well, full-body, silky mouth-feel, long cola finish.
Michelle Williams... Rockin Red Blog
Tons of black fruit, boysenberries with a silky smooth mouth-feel and a super long finish. A great Alexander Valley Zinfandel...
Michael Landucci... Wine Weirdos