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Month January 2010

Zinfandel Advocates & Producers (ZAP) Grand Tasting 2010 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

ZAP’s Grand Tasting each January is an event that produces comments that show one’s love or not for the event–there is not in-betweenness.  The myriad of not liking it center around the participants and the over imbibing of the Zin.  And ,of course, each year at ZAP and other wine events this invariably happens but I do not think it happens at an unacceptable rate.

This years ZAP Grand Tasting seemed to have slightly fewer event participants (and I am sure that could be attributed to current economy)–I have felt it more crowded in the past few years.  I could easily move in some areas of the pavilions.

I am always curious that this event is open (or at least I thought) to only California Zinfandel producers and last year there was a South African and Italian producer.  This year the same Italian producer was there–I am excited to see Zinfandel and all other varietals from every appellation. For me it was a very nice thing to see and experience.

While a majority of wineries presented their finished product; and very few had any proprietary blends.  I would like to see more proprietary blends with Zinfandel.  Also, there were several more tables pouring barrel samples.  While I am not opposed to barrel sampling–I do think there is something to be said for a finished and ready-to-pour bottle–the concern is in presenting a wine that will invariably be different than the barreled wine.

The entry process certainly needs to be updated and the wrist banding and ticket taking is a long and cumbersome process–and signage letting participants what they do next.  The ticket process needs to be updated so that if you lose a ticket or forget to print out your ticket.  The customer service team was less than helpful and friendly.  The entry volunteers were on the other hand were excited and helpful.

But I love ZAP because it is the world’s largest Zinfandel event–where else can you go and, if you were able to, experience 500+ wines all for a bargain price of $59.00.  I’m not equating quantity as the only reason to attend ZAP (or any other wine event) but to have access to so many different visions and expressions of the Zinfandel grape.  I’ll be back in 2011.

¡Salud!

***

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Stefano Accordini Amarone Classico della Valpolicella – 2005 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine is 75% Corvina Veronese, 20% Rondinella and 5% Molinara–a completely captivating wine; wildly oscillating notes ranging from baked blueberry, fennel, field mushroom and chocolate, a marked point of enjoyment for any meal and perfectly suitable to drink by itself.

¡Salud!

***

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Loimer Kamptal Grüner Veltliner – 2006 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

A polished wine with distinguishing characteristics of geen citrus peel, white nectarine, pepper and white lily.

¡Salud!

***

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A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook,Twitter and most major social medias.

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Stift Goettweig Grüner Veltliner – 2008 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine gives an abundance on the front end; plenty of mineral, green citrus zest, and delicate anise.

¡Salud!

***

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Summerer Kamptal Grüner Veltliner – 2008 – 9.0 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine exhibits notes of fleshly white peach, white pepper, freshly peeled lime rind, and awash in a gorgeous acid.

¡Salud!

***

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Zanthro Burgenland Zweigelt – 2007 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

A light bodied red wine from Austria–distinctive–you know you are not drinking any red wine.  Characteristics of early summer red plum, baking spices, slight pepper, and each tasting phase acid is pronounced.

¡Salud!

***

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved..  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Franz Hirtzberger Federspiel Steinterrassaen Riesling – 2007 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez

A focused and delightful Riesling; absolutely generous acid structure; exhibiting notes of white pepper, truffle honey, stone fruit like nectarine and peach, and with a delightful and subtle citrus finish.

¡Salud!

***

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Moric Burgenland Blaufränkisch – 2007 – 9.2 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine and varietals is seductive, bold and elegant.  Blaufränkisch is relatively unknown in the US comes to us from Central Europe – Austria, Czech Republic and Germany.  This wine for some might be an acquired taste but I think for many it is not.

One of the main characteristics is this wine is like drinking liquid rose petals (that is assuming liquid rose petals would actually taste good) but in my imagination this is what it would be like—rose petals can be quite fragrant but there is a seductive note that captures the heart and imagination.  This wine also exhibits notes of black pepper, fennel, chile Poblano and cardamoom

¡Salud!

***

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Starry Night Tom Feeney Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 8.7 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Baked boysenberry, red flowers, pecan and pie spice.

¡Salud!

***

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved..  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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Starry Night Old Vine Nervo Station Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.8 – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

This wine certainly embraces the Fall  on the theme and variation of scent and food.  Lovely wine possessing qualities of violet, cranberry, earth, mushroom and game.

¡Salud!

***

A plethora of wine reviews from wines regions around the world. Read more of my wine reviews:jamesthewineguy.wordpress.com © 2010 James Meléndez / Jaime Patricio Meléndez – All Rights Reserved.  James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter and most major social medias.

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