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Now that Bedrock is doing a Sky Vineyard Zinfandel it occurred to me I have never had a Zinfandel from Sky Winery ( http://www.skyvineyards.com/sky/). Morgan seemed to speak reverently of the vineyard. There is not much data in cellartracker. Has anyone tried a bottle before? Can you speak to the style? I think I will have to login into the winery store and try a bottle or two for myself.

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I don’t drink a lot of Zin anymore, but Sky has always been special because I visited them. So I might have some bias.

Either way, their wines are usually lower in alcohol. I would say they would fall under a more traditional zin. Not over the top fruity and zippy, along with being age worthy. Ageworrhy in the sense of not being stewed sweet fruit but more complex. The wines are usually released a few vintages after production. When I visited there was no temperature control and they kept humidity up by spraying a hose over the barrel room. The vives are more Bush like than vines.
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They always had beautiful labels! I didn't think they were around anymore. Good old mountain zin. Weren't they near Mayacamas?
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Tom Lee wrote: September 20th, 2018, 6:37 pm Now that Bedrock is doing a Sky Vineyard Zinfandel it occurred to me I have never had a Zinfandel from Sky Winery ( http://www.skyvineyards.com/sky/). Morgan seemed to speak reverently of the vineyard. There is not much data in cellartracker. Has anyone tried a bottle before? Can you speak to the style? I think I will have to login into the winery store and try a bottle or two for myself.
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Yup, Tom...followed them from the very start. Lore Olds is the owner. Nea labels drawn by their daughter I believe.
Definitly mountain Zin. Rather old-timey. Bit rugged/rustic. Closest thing I can think of is PeterFranus BrandlinRanch Zin
or GeorgeHendry Zin. Maybe some of the old Ridge HowellMtn Zins but w/o the oak. Haven't had them in a few yrs, though,
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#5 Post by s.spewock »

Sky is truly a “mountain” zin. Great little spot up on Mt. Veeder. Pennsylvania had the 2009 for a while, not sure what stock is like now.
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#6 Post by Wes Barton »

Haven't had one in years. Back in the '90s they showed a bit of pyrazine, in a good way. That gave them a certain "pop" in an interplay with the mountain fruit. Would love to try a contemporary one, as well as some mature ones...
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#7 Post by dougwilder »

I recall having these at Cannery Wine Cellar in the early 90s. They stood out from everything else. I haven't encountered one since then.
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#8 Post by John Gilman »

The 2013 Sky Zin is excellent. 13.4 percent octane, perhaps just a touch more refined structurally than those of a decade ago, but still loaded with Mount Veeder goodness. Lovely spice and brambly notes of zin, without the overt jamminess one finds at higher alcohol; good structural tension from tangy, but ripe and well-integrated acids. It really is a beautiful throwback to a 1970s style zin and heartily recommended. It probably deserves five years in the cellar to blossom properly, but is not hard to drink today with the right food. Good juice!

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Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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I have a 1999 from the most recent Davis cellar visit. I did not offer it for Berserker Day this year out of curiosity--the bottle will fulfill destiny shortly.
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#11 Post by Steve Gautier »

Tom Lee wrote: March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am Hey should a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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Lore Olds is an all time great name.

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Tom Lee wrote: March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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I've got a couple bottles of 09 from Winebid but have not opened one yet. Hopefully sometime soon

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Rich Brown wrote: March 28th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Tom Lee wrote: March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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I've got a couple bottles of 09 from Winebid but have not opened one yet. Hopefully sometime soon
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Looks like an interesting winery that I’d never heard of. Website says they are off the grid! I’m on the lookout to try for sure, interesting that 2014 seems like the most recent release?

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Robert M yers wrote: March 29th, 2020, 7:42 am Looks like an interesting winery that I’d never heard of. Website says they are off the grid! I’m on the lookout to try for sure, interesting that 2014 seems like the most recent release?
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#17 Post by Michael Martin »

For those that are interested, there is a great Bedrock Conversations podcast with Skyla Olds the daughter of Sky’s owner. It’s a wonderful podcast with Chris from Bedrock wines. Bedrock makes a Syrah and Zin from Sky as well.

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Tom Lee wrote: March 29th, 2020, 7:33 am
Rich Brown wrote: March 28th, 2020, 9:23 pm
Tom Lee wrote: March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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Thanks Tom!

I've got a couple bottles of 09 from Winebid but have not opened one yet. Hopefully sometime soon
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Did I? Sorry buddy! This was from earlier in the year/late last year, not the recent batch they had (if that helps at all :)

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Tom Lee wrote: March 28th, 2020, 8:13 am Hey just a heads up that the 2014 Sky Zinfandel is available on Wine.com. I got my order in and was able to use a $50 promo code. [cheers.gif]

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Tom Lee wrote: September 20th, 2018, 6:37 pm Now that Bedrock is doing a Sky Vineyard Zinfandel it occurred to me I have never had a Zinfandel from Sky Winery ( http://www.skyvineyards.com/sky/). Morgan seemed to speak reverently of the vineyard. There is not much data in cellartracker. Has anyone tried a bottle before? Can you speak to the style? I think I will have to login into the winery store and try a bottle or two for myself.

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#21 Post by dougwilder »

I sold them back in the 90s in San Francisco. I recall they were solid, honest mountain wines not quite as refined as Jerry Seps' Storybook Mountain. The labels were cool. I imagine that Morgan will do the fruit justice.
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#22 Post by markjchambers »

I remember Sky Zin from the 90's. My favorite restaurant, The Winds Cafe, in Yellow Springs, had Sky on their list. It was big and peppery and they paired it with their spicy dishes.
It was my first exposure to real zin and led me to Ridge and Turley. That was 20 years ago.

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FYI K&L Wine Merchants has the 2013 Sky Vineyards Mt. Veeder Zinfandel on sale for $20. Seemed like a no brainer to me so I picked up a few to try. In addition they have 2018 Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel for $30.
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#24 Post by loren.grossman »

I am amazed that you have not had this wine. It has been, IMHO, the single best iteration of zinfandel from Napa Valley for as long as I can remember. Further, the folks who make that wine, Lore Olds and his daughter Skyla, could not be more salt of the earth. They march to their own drummer and are unfettered by stylistic fashion. Natural wines before it was cool - but not with any of the pretense. Just very simple, honest wine making. The wines feature seamless balance, true to site and variety brambly dark fruited zinfandel expression and offer longevity to the patient. Wonderful mountain fruit from high up on Mt. Veeder. I have had twenty year old sky zins that have aged effortlessly and developed into very special wine experiences. And as a kicker, the label art is also fun and pretty to look at. [cheers.gif]

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#25 Post by Rich Brown »

The 09 I had last month looks to be my WOTY. Just stop you in your tracks good!



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loren.grossman wrote: December 8th, 2020, 2:38 pm I am amazed that you have not had this wine. It has been, IMHO, the single best iteration of zinfandel from Napa Valley for as long as I can remember. Further, the folks who make that wine, Lore Olds and his daughter Skyla, could not be more salt of the earth. They march to their own drummer and are unfettered by stylistic fashion. Natural wines before it was cool - but not with any of the pretense. Just very simple, honest wine making. The wines feature seamless balance, true to site and variety brambly dark fruited zinfandel expression and offer longevity to the patient. Wonderful mountain fruit from high up on Mt. Veeder. I have had twenty year old sky zins that have aged effortlessly and developed into very special wine experiences. And as a kicker, the label art is also fun and pretty to look at. [cheers.gif]
Hi Loren. I assume you are referring to me. The original post is a year and a half old. Since this post I have had all their 10-15 Zins. Very much like you describe by the way. And thanks to K. Steward for pointing out this deal. I just bought a few more at $19.99 each. Amazing price.

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#27 Post by loren.grossman »

Btw - they used to make a late harvest zinfandel that was absolutely kick ass.

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loren.grossman wrote: December 8th, 2020, 2:54 pm Btw - they used to make a late harvest zinfandel that was absolutely kick ass.
Nice! Have an 09 Late Harvest as well. If its half as good as the regular bottling, I'll be a happy camper :)

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K. Steward wrote: December 8th, 2020, 2:25 pm FYI K&L Wine Merchants has the 2013 Sky Vineyards Mt. Veeder Zinfandel on sale for $20. Seemed like a no brainer to me so I picked up a few to try. In addition they have 2018 Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel for $30.
Thanks for the tip. I've wanted to try one of these since I listened to the Bedrock podcast episode on Sky Vineyard, and this is a great price.

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#30 Post by Travis Fantz »

Loren I have to agree. I live the wines. I had a chance to visit about 10 years ago. Just crazy. I am glad they are finally getting some love from the public. We are lucky to get them here in Portland.
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K. Steward wrote: December 8th, 2020, 2:25 pm FYI K&L Wine Merchants has the 2013 Sky Vineyards Mt. Veeder Zinfandel on sale for $20. Seemed like a no brainer to me so I picked up a few to try. In addition they have 2018 Ridge Pagani Ranch Zinfandel for $30.
I bought a six pack. I've always wanted to try these. Thanks!

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Thanks for turning me on to these. Opened a ‘13 tonight, and it displays that great mountain fruit, classic zin spice, and a nice dose of acidity.
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Did Sky Vineyard get completely razed with the fires this past year?
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Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 3:47 pm Did Sky Vineyard get completely razed with the fires this past year?
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AD Northup wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 4:57 pm
Brian S t o t t e r wrote: January 3rd, 2021, 3:47 pm Did Sky Vineyard get completely razed with the fires this past year?
Believe it was the 2018 fire
It was the 2017 fire and some of the estate survived. Not sure if or when they will make wine again.
They do have some back vintages on sale on their website.

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Was about to buy 6 bottles of the ‘13 Zin, but saw shipping was (from NorCal to SoCal) is ‘zone 4’ and over $30.00. No thanks
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Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:00 pm Was about to buy 6 bottles of the ‘13 Zin, but saw shipping was (from NorCal to SoCal) is ‘zone 4’ and over $30.00. No thanks
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I have a 2013 that I need to open.
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Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:11 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:00 pm Was about to buy 6 bottles of the ‘13 Zin, but saw shipping was (from NorCal to SoCal) is ‘zone 4’ and over $30.00. No thanks
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guys, that K&L 2013 sky zin deal for $20 is no joke...
https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1506053
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Brent S wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:25 pm guys, that K&L 2013 sky zin for $20 is no joke...
https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1506053
I was going to suggest this, too. I bought some of these when they had them a couple of months ago and finally had them shipped. This wine is delicious, old school, vibrant Zinfandel with some structure still showing. I see lots of people talk about Zin with pizza and to me most of them don't have the acid to stand up to a good tomato sauce. This one does, and has the acid and tannin balance similar to a Chianti Riserva but with Zin flavor. If I go through mine fast enough I might actually buy more...it's that good for $20.
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#43 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Marshall Manning wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:30 pm
Brent S wrote: January 20th, 2021, 4:25 pm guys, that K&L 2013 sky zin for $20 is no joke...
https://www.klwines.com/p/i?i=1506053
I was going to suggest this, too. I bought some of these when they had them a couple of months ago and finally had them shipped. This wine is delicious, old school, vibrant Zinfandel with some structure still showing. I see lots of people talk about Zin with pizza and to me most of them don't have the acid to stand up to a good tomato sauce. This one does, and has the acid and tannin balance similar to a Chianti Riserva but with Zin flavor. If I go through mine fast enough I might actually buy more...it's that good for $20.
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I wish kl would ship to me
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#45 Post by Jason L. »

Sold this wine for a full decade and I'll be damned if it wasn't the hardest hand-sell in Zin history. Like all others have said, it's old-school Mountain Zin and it appealed to the exact same three people who were really into J Swan Zin.
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#46 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Jason L. wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:00 pm Sold this wine for a full decade and I'll be damned if it wasn't the hardest hand-sell in Zin history. Like all others have said, it's old-school Mountain Zin and it appealed to the exact same three people who were really into J Swan Zin.
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Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

#47 Post by Todd F r e n c h »

Ok, bit on the K&L offer, half a case coming. I'll bitch on here if I don't like it, and I'll blame Alfert
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Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

#48 Post by Robert.A.Jr. »

Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:16 pm Ok, bit on the K&L offer, half a case coming. I'll bitch on here if I don't like it, and I'll blame Alfert
I’ll buy it off you, you cheap bastard!
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Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

#49 Post by Todd F r e n c h »

Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:24 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:16 pm Ok, bit on the K&L offer, half a case coming. I'll bitch on here if I don't like it, and I'll blame Alfert
I’ll buy it off you, you cheap bastard!
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Re: Sky Zinfandel Anyone?

#50 Post by Jason L. »

Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:28 pm
Robert.A.Jr. wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:24 pm
Todd F r e n c h wrote: January 20th, 2021, 5:16 pm Ok, bit on the K&L offer, half a case coming. I'll bitch on here if I don't like it, and I'll blame Alfert
I’ll buy it off you, you cheap bastard!
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