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Bear Flag Zinfandel Bottle with Black Background

ZINFANDEL


WHERE CALIFORNIA BEGAN

In 1846, American settlers fought for independence and raised the original Bear Flag in Sonoma County, California. Like these early pioneers, our structured and well-balanced Zinfandel breaks free of expectations set over the last decade.

Tasting Notes

Structured and full-bodied, Bear Flag Zinfandel has spicy character complemented by jammy, dark fruit flavors reminiscent of blueberry pie. Notes of toasted oak and vanilla combine to create a plush mouthfeel and lingering finish.

2015 2016
Blueberry Bunch

Blueberry

Vanilla Plant

Vanilla

Toasted Slices

Toast

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Awards & Accolades


91 PTS
Bear Flag
Zinfandel
2016
Wine Advocate

“…bursts from the glass with baked raspberries, red currant jelly and Black Forest cake notes with hints of tree bark, cracked pepper and Indian spices plus a waft of potpourri. Full-bodied, rich, velvety and wonderfully spicy in the mouth, it gives up loads of earthy layers on the long finish.”

 - January 2019
92 PTS
Bear Flag
Zinfandel
2016
Wine Spectator

“Plump and piquant, with expressive blackberry and orange zest aromas and lots of personality, accenting smoky cracked pepper and black olive flavors that build toward zesty tannins. Drink now through 2022.”

 - November 2017
91 PTS
Bear Flag
Zinfandel
2016
Wine Enthusiast

“Waves of dark cherry and vanilla surround a strong core of integrated oak and supple texture in this well-made wine. Ripe, full-bodied and well-balanced, this wine will please many a palate with ease.”

- February 2018
93 PTS
Bear Flag
Zinfandel
2015
The Tasting Panel

"...with classic Zin aromas of peppered nettle and blueberry tart, the palate is rich, dense and forward. This plucky zin shows brightness, with a rustic, textured mouthfeel."

- September 2017

MORE TO THE STORY


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Close up of the varietal story on the label
Our seal pays tribute to California where Bear Flag Revolt inspired our brand and Zinfandel on the label
Honoring our origins in Sonoma, California with the label

Discover a snip of the story that started it all on June 1846. We take added inspiration for our unapologetically bold sprint from the Californaia Republic Proclamation.Look for complementary words in the seal above,too.

THE BEAR FLAG REVOLT


This is where it all began for the state of California

Faced with tyranny and oppression, American settlers mounted the Bear Flag Revolt in Sonoma, California, on June 14, 1846. In a rare feat for the time, they won the battle for independence that very same day - entirely without Republic by raising the first California Bear Flag in the town square.

Inspired by their quest for independence, Bear Flag Zinfandel honors all kindred spirits who stand their ground, have the good taste to dream big...and never waste a drop.