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1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2014
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1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel 2014

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" Batch #004 is the first release of the 2014 vintage and once againMendocino Zinfandel plays a big role in the blend with classic oldvineyards such as Sargentini and Rucker vineyards. Head trained and dry farmed, these vineyards give nice raspberry fruits. Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel also makes a big impact on the blend in Batch #004. Dry Creek is a classic and well known source for great Zinfandel and has added a new dimension ... read more
Item ID: #20805
Size: 750mL (wine)
Closure: Cork

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" Batch #004 is the first release of the 2014 vintage and once againMendocino Zinfandel plays a big role in the blend with classic oldvineyards such as Sargentini and Rucker vineyards. Head trained and dry farmed, these vineyards give nice raspberry fruits. Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel also makes a big impact on the blend in Batch #004. Dry Creek is a classic and well known source for great Zinfandel and has added a new dimension to the 1000 Stories blend. Black fruits with distinct notes of black pepper and even a bit of clove spice add complexity to the blend. Also new to this batch is the addition of Lodi Zinfandel, with its iconic bold flavors and big character. Rounding out the blend are some Zinfandels from Colusa County, Syrah from Paso Robles and Petite sirah from Mendocino. A portion of the wine is aged in French and American oak for 6 months and then aged further in bourbon barrels. We’ve selected new and used bourbon barrels for these small batches of Zinfandel, which impart characteristics specific to these barrels: charred vanilla, dried herbs and a hint of caramel. " ~ Winery notes

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1,000 Stories is produced in small batches, much like premium bourbon. Select parcels of Zinfandel were sourced from Mendocino County, some of which came from vineyards with family histories dating back to the 1880's. Each individual lot started the ageing process in traditional American and French wine barrels. The next step was the introduction of the wine to bourbon barrels. Part of the blend was aged in new bourbon barrels from the Independent Stave Company. This process is similar to ageing in wine barrels, but with a flavor profile unique to the charred bourbon barrels – vanilla, dried herbs and a hint of caramel. The final step of the process was the most grand: the blend completed its barrel ageing in old bourbon barrels from famed distilleries such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. Some of these barrels were 13 year old, single-use barrels, used to make the highest quality bourbon.

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Most delicious Zin we have tasted in years

"Bought a bottle of 2014 batch#006 on Saturday and went back and bought all 9 bottles left on shelf on Sunday!!WOW this is a $60 at the restaurant!"


It is my new favorite wine.


Excellent wine- my new favorite!


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Smooth yet bold

"Tried it on a whim. Absolutely love it! Looking forward to drinking this through fall and winter."


Very nice Zin.


Full Flavored and Delicious

"Just bought 2 cases. Amazing wine, especially for the price. DON'T MISS!"


1,000 stories zin

"awesome everyday wine, very approachable with a subtle hint.of bourbon on the finish."


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AMazing Wine


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Great zin

"My "wine snob" brothers in law thought 1000 stories was better than what was their favorite zin, seghesio! Can't beat it for the price!"

Jo -ann

Great Zin!




Excellent Zinfandel at a great price!


A great Zinfandel

"I usually go for Old Vines Zins when I can, but the Bourbon Barrel intrigued me. I was not disappointed. Bold and jammy as a Zinfandel should be with a honest to God Bourbon nose and a hint of smoke and ash."


Smooth and velvety

"My favorite right now !"



"I was introduced to 1000 Stories Bourbon barrel zifandel by my broker and had to order more."

Douglas C

A guilty pleasure

"a fun wine, complex a lot of mouth feel, opens and closes well."


My favorite red zin.

"Purchased this wine on a whim because it was on sale. Love the mellow silky fruit taste that doesn't have that dry bitter after taste that so many of the red wines leave you with. I highly recommend this wine."


CNtvget enough of it

"Great taste and a hint of the bourbon make this a great choice"




My daughter loves this wine and can't get it in Boston so we ordered for her!


Excellent wine


1000 Stories Zinfandel

"Great Zinfandel! Everyone enjoyed this - wonderful flavor with smooth finish."



"Bourbon barrel aging produced a velvety, slide over the tongue, easy drinking zin that kept its spicy nature, but did not impart the sweetness I expected. Smooth and delicious, but be careful it goes down easy and could be a real porch pounder!"

Patrick J

1000 stories THE BEST



Excellent Zin


Complexity without tanins

"Personally, we do not prefer the acid burning finish in our wines. Of course, we don't want simple grape juice presence either. This wine has a slight hint of a dry port for us."


Great wine


Round, well-balanced

"Smooth. Really enjoyed this wine."


Outstanding love hate

"It's a wonderful find, bought an additional case of the 2014 after buying my local supplier out of their stock. It's going to be a love hate relationship, love it now, will hate once it's gone."




Very nice!

"Great mid priced zin. Slightly peppery, plenty of fruit, nice taste and finish. What else can you ask for. Try it, you won't be disappointed. This is now my favorite zin."


Zin Delicious

"Smooth, flavorful, great value. Nice layers, doesn't drink like a bourbon 'infused wine', just subtle flavor, really nice"


Very good wine



"This has become one of favorites in a short time. It has chocolate notes and current. Can't beat the price!"


Full bodied deliciousness!!

"I bought this wine for the label and liked it so much I got a couple of cases!!"


bourbon barrels

"Awesome!!! A combination of 2 of my favorites...bourbon and zin...."


very good Zin for the price

"Nice Zin for the price"


A fine drinking Zin


A bargain


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great value- unique flavors


Great bottle

"Warm & engaging delicious wine would buy again !"




smooth wine

"could taste the vanilla texture"


interesting complex taste, like the bourbon barrel finish.

"New to Zin's, generally prefer Cabs. I appreciate the complexity of the 1000 Stories Zinfandel. Enjoy it more every time I open a bottle."


A Bottle of Bummer

"Without sounding like a complete lush- I love to drink wine. I enjoy several different kinds of wine from merlot to pinot grigio and everything in between. I am not formally trained and I am far from a connoisseur, but I know what I like! I recently discovered a bottle of bourbon barrel aged zinfandel at Costco and I just had to see what this interesting product was all about. When I look for a bottle of wine I want it to meet my expectations regarding cost, potency, reputation, and most importantly, taste. It usually doesn’t take much to make me a happy girl with a wine glass in my hand, however this Zinfandel missed the mark on flavor and was a big disappointment. Despite a hopeful build up of promising features, the taste sensation was like a charred version of cherry Nyquil and was a real let down. This is my experience trying 1000 Stories Zinfandel by Fetzer. The first thing that I noticed and quickly liked about this bottle of wine was that it was under $20. $17.97 to be exact. While it is fairly easy to find an affordable bottle of wine at this price point, the unusual thing was that it was also placed in the “featured” display and had a Wine Enthusiast rating of 91 out of 100 for quality. Usually a bottle of wine with such a high score is sold at a much higher price so I was intrigued. I am far from a wine snob and like middle shelf labels such as Black Box (yep, I said box) and Barefoot for the affordability in relation to awards and quality scores. $20 is my home turf. The unique contrast of a modest price tag and high quality score definitely had my attention. In addition to the value, this wine also sported a high ABV (alcohol by volume) level of 15.6- wow! This wine is definitely a heavy hitter which, let’s be honest, I like. I usually drink wine with an average ABV of 12, so without a doubt, this particular wine packs a punch. After a few sips, I could definitely feel the effects. This zinfandel, like most, is best enjoyed while eating a meal with red meat for a nice hearty balance.1000 Stories Zinfandel has an excellent reputation. This wine follows in the trendy footsteps of craft beers, exploring unique and interesting flavor combination. The wine is aged in oak bourbon barrels previously used for the aging of high quality bourbon such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. These oak barrels have been charred on the inside to give the bourbon, and eventually the zinfandel, a unique smoky-tobacco flavor as they age. In addition to this unique flavor profile, 1000 Stories also boast origins from a reputable vineyard from the Mendocino, CA region. Along with numerous rave reviews, this small batch wine definitely has the resume to back up a 91 out of 100 quality rating and is categorized as “outstanding.”Despite all of these positive attributes, for me there was one ultimate deal breaker… the taste. The first sip is a heavy and powerful punch of dark cherry and currant mixed with the sharp bite of bourbon. It tastes fiery as you swallow and warms you all the way down to your belly. The aftertaste is not a smooth one, but rather very bitter and chary. This wine was overwhelming and harsh and I felt that if I had more than one small glass, it would make me feel sick. I usually like the velvety depth of a zinfandel, however, this particular spin on a classic was simply too much of a bitter, smoky twist for my liking. I was hoping for something to enjoy as I unwind at the end of a long day, but instead I found something quite overpowering and close to making me queasy.This wine has many great attributes but, in the end, I simply did not enjoy the taste. I won’t be purchasing it again and if your tastes are anything like mine, I would suggest a more traditional zinfandel to enjoy. I am just a simple wine lover searching for something that tastes good, gives me a giggle, and won’t break the bank. My wine quest continues… though I am far from sad about it.Works CitedGordon, Jim, editor. “1000 Stories 2013 Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel (Mendocino).” Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Wine Enthusiast Network, Accessed 23 Feb. 2017."

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