2012 Hess Collection Artezin Zinfandel

Wine review: 2012 Hess Collection Artezin Zinfandel, Mendocino County, California

Randle Johnson makes wines for the Hess Collection on a couple of different continents. I had the pleasure of interviewing Randle a couple of years ago and his enthusiasm for making and drinking wines is contagious.

This Zinfandel wine from Mendocino illuminates the skill he has at showcasing the nuances of fruit from specific regions. The variance of temperature afforded these grapes during their growing season is quite significant, often 30-40F. These extremely warm days and shivering cold nights encourage the vigor in the plants to create unique fruit of integrity and character.

The aromas are classic Mendocino; raspberry, pepper and a good dose of spice. The flavors carry the same notes of berry, pepper, spice and the tannins are in check. Randle Johnson has delivered in this vintage a balanced wine that will be a pleasant addition to any backyard cookout or juicy grilled steak dinner. 18,000 case production.

Rating: Very Good (88) | $17 | 14.8% ABV

Hess Collection Artezin Zinfandel


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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