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2013 Zeitgeist Cellars Sleeping Lady Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

95+ pts

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Sleeping Lady is a small cuvée but certainly the best of the four Cabs. Deep purple in color, with flowery notes intermixed with blackcurrant and blackberry liqueur, some forest floor and graphite, it is full-bodied, opulent and best drunk over the next 12-15+ years.


2014 Zeitgeist Cellars Trousseau Gris
Russian River Valley

93 pts

From old vines within the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in the heart of the appellation, this is a rare bottling of a variety more commonly found in the Jura, but acquiring new fans in California, especially made at this high level. Creamy and round, it remains fresh on the palate in a lemon-swirled minerality that provides a savory edge of ginger.
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2010 Zeitgeist Cellars  Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

92 pts

Beautifully crafted, sleek and trim, with well-defined dried currant, berry, loamy earth, smoke and cedar notes. Shows a sweet edge to the ripe berry flavors, ending with a crushed rock feel to the tannins. Drink now through 2027. 300 cases made. —JL  Issue: Feb 28, 2014


Wine & Spirits Magazine

2012 Zeitgeist Cellars Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley

90 pts

Mark Porembski and Jennifer Williams make this wine from the Fanucchi Wood Road Vineyard in Fulton, from vines Peter Fanucchi planted in 1981. It’s an old-fashioned white. the sort that speaks of its terroir in scents of the local flora—in this case, mustard flowers, peaches and pears. Those flavors come in a modern package, soft, cushioned and clean. Try it with chorizo-stuffed squid. (350 cases)
Zeitgeist Cellars, St. Helena, CA

2010 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

90 pts

Mark Porembski and Jennifer Williams blend this wine from two vineyards, Anomaly in St. Helena and Farella in Coombsville. The warm and the cool ends of the valley combine in a clean, supple 2010, balancing blue fruit and brushy manzanita spice with fat, round tannins. It’s a little heady in alcohol, but that’s integrated to read as richness. A sleek Napa Valley cabernet to match lean, grass-fed beef. (296 cases)
Zeitgeist Cellars, St. Helena, CA

2007 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

92 pts

A blend from two vineyards, one in St. Helena, one in Coombsville, this is made by husband-and-wife team Mark Porembski and Jennifer Williams. The wine has a long drive of flavor, with cool red fruit darkening to black cherry. It feels elegant up until the end, the point where the warm St. Helena tannins haven’t yet integrated with the cooler tones of Coombsville. Give it time in bottle and more clarity of flavor should emerge in the finish.  Zeitgeist Cellars, St. Helena, CA


An impressive number of married couples also seem to enjoy making wine together…Add to that list Jennifer Williams, winemaker of Spottswoode (where I worked the harvest and wrote about it) and her husband Mark Poremski, winemaker at Anomoly and Charnu. Together they make Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.
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…St. Helena resident Mark Porembski makes wines for Anomaly Vineyards and for Charnu Winery, both Napa Valley Vintner members. His wife, Jennifer Williams, is the winemaker and vineyard manager for Spottswoode Estate Vineyard & Winery. Porembski was first assistant winemaker at Behrens & Hitchcock/Erna Schein Winery on Spring Mountain in St. Helena and joined Anomaly in 2002. Three years later, in 2005, he became winemaker. Jennifer Williams has worked in Napa and the Central Coast and has completed an internship in northern Spain. She said, “The majority of my education and experience in the industry has had a vineyard focus. It’s been the grace of a handful of wonderful winemaker mentors who have taught me the ropes, and from whom I continue to learn.” One of those, obviously, was Rosemary Cakebread, who made wine at Spottswoode for nearly 10 years. Porembski and Williams have their own cabernet and syrah label, Zeitgeist Cellars. They reside in St. Helena with their young daughter, Kiran.
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2013 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

94 pts

The fresh sage, blackberry and sweet black tobacco aromas and flavors are compelling. Full body, yet shows form and tension. Fresh and delicious finish. Drink or hold.
– James Suckling


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2013 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

93+ pts

There are 421 cases of the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa from the same four sites used for the 2012. This wine is coiled tightly and displays higher tannin as well as higher extract and richness. It has an inky purple color and beautiful, dense blackberry and cassis flavors along with hints of licorice, forest floor and earth. Some background oak also makes an appearance. This wine will benefit from several years of bottle age and should drink well for 15 more years.


2012 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

92 pts

This is very intense and beautiful with spice, nutmeg and berry character. Full body, firm tannins and flavorful finish. Drink or hold.
– James Suckling


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2013 Zeitgeist Cellars Trousseau Gris Russian River Valley

90 pts

Very pale color. Fresh herbs, white pepper, smoke and spices on the nose; reminded me a bit of gruner veltliner. Tactile, saline and bracing in the mouth, with very dry but not overly herbal flavors of lemon zest, anise, white pepper and snap pea. Dusty and concentrated but not hard. Saturates the palate with lemon, pepper and spices on the lingering finish. Leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. I like this style. — Stephen Tanzer May 2014


Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2010 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

92 pts

Good dark ruby. Captivating floral lift to the aromas of cassis, black cherry, licorice and graphite minerality, with complementary sweet oak nuances. Sweet, dense, supple and deep, with dark berry and spice flavors nicely framed by harmonious acidity and accented by piquant pepper and herb notes. Finishes juicy and long, with firm-edge tannins and lovely floral lift. Very well done.


Zeitgeist Cellars Syrah
Bald Mountain Ranch, Mt. Veeder 2008


Zeitgeist is a philosophical term meaning the spirit of the times. Zeitgeist Cellars was conceived and is operated by Mark Porembski and Jennifer Williams. Mark’s day jobs are as assistant winemaker at Behrens Family Winery and winemaker at Anomaly Vineyard in St. Helena. Jennifer’s day job is that of winemaker at Spottswoode Estate Winery in St. Helena.

Mark’s path to California took him through Boston’s North End where he was drawn to wine via the relaxed underage drinking policies of the waiters in some of his favorite eateries. He moved to California in 2000 holding tightly in his hand that which all good winemakers strive for: a degree in poetry. The bard has found his vehicle. Jennifer has a degree in agriculture from Cal Poly and paid her dues at a number of wineries in California as well as in Rioja Alavesa in Spain before accepting the winemaking position at Spottswoode in 2006.

The Zeitgeist Syrah hails from a dry-farmed vineyard located at the top of Mt. Veeder, which straddles the Napa/Sonoma county line. The rows that they have contracted lie within the Napa Valley appellation. Comprised of 100% Syrah, the nose belies its origin. One sniff and you are vaulted into the Rhone. Perhaps Cornas or Hermitage. Meaty and brooding, the wine has a very intense nose that screams SYRAH. The flavors that follow are true to what is promised in the nose, but with an unexpected smoothness that belies the intensity. 47 cases produced


2008 Zeitgeist Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

91 pts

Rich with lots of juicy fruit here. Full with a round and soft tannin texture and fresh acidity. Lacks a little bit of fruit at the finish. But it should come together with bottle age. Best after 2013.