ZAP 2011

posted Jan 30, 2011, 9:25 PM by christy bergman   [ updated Feb 25, 2011, 1:31 PM ]
Last year's ZAP seemed more about different Zinfandel wine making styles.  2011 ZAP was all about tasting place and vineyards, even the program was newly organized by region.  Besides recurring hits such as Turley 09 Juvenile CA, Peche Merle 09 l'entree CA, Robert Biale '08 Black Chicken Oak Knoll Napa, Talty 07 Estate Dry Creek, Bella 09 Lily Hill Dry Creek, Tres Sabores 08 organic Rutherford Napa, Ridge 08 Paso Robles, Peachy Canyon 06 Vortex Paso Robles, it was fun to discover a few new (to me) Zins:

* Joel Peterson (from Ravenswood)'s son Martin Peterson's Bedrock.  Especially the 2009 Dolinsek Bedrock Russian River heritage red blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouschet, Tempranillo, Teroldego, Chasselas, and about a dozen other identified field varieties.  150 cases produced, $39/bottle.

* Hartford, 2009 Highwire Vineyard, Russian River.  Barrel sample, but this felt like a big, bold cab of a zin, full of cocoa & spice.  $35/bottle.

* J. Dusi Wines, 2008 Zinfandel, Dante Dusi Vineyard, Paso Robles.  Some of their fruit goes into Turley's Dusi Zinfandel as well as Ridge's Paso Robles Zin.  $32/bottle.

* MoniClaire Vineyards, 2008 Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley.  Grower/producers.  Typical Dry Creek aromas of leather & tobacco with a cinnamon and spice finish.  225 cases produced, $24/bottle.

* Millaire Winery, 2007 Heritage Old Vine Zinfandel, Ghirardelli Vineyard, Calaveras County.  113-year old dry-farmed vineyard, owned by the same family for 5 generations.  $28/bottle.

* Dancing Lady, 2009 Old Vine Zinfandel, Della Costa Family Vineyard, Alexander Valley.  I found this pleasingly dusty on the nose with a hint of dried herbs and oregano finish.  In the $20 range, seems like a good buy.

* Valdez Family Winery, 2007 Zinfandel, Boticelli Vineyards, Rockpile.  Very low yield vineyard with only 1/4 ton per acre.  230 cases produced, $30/bottle.