ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates and Producers) 2011 Grand Tasting Scores – James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy

Each yearly visit to ZAP is a reminder that wine tasting season has begun in the bay area.  Ft. Mason plays host to the yearly event—this year celebrating 20 years and is the only wine event to use both the Herbst and Festival Pavilions.   I do look forward to attending each year and this year was no exception.

I liked the mini stations highlighting Zinfandel blends—I think that was essential to showing the event goers Zinfandels flexibility and how well this varietal plays well with others.

I mentioned to someone that I was going to ZAP and their response was that “all Zinfandels are the same.”  I said that he should go and (re)discover Zinfandel—such a large variation of styles that there wasn’t one to be found but many that he would probably enjoy.

After a while I stopped thinking that I was drinking Zinfandel—I was drinking wine and each table I went to I didn’t anticipate what each wine would be like but rather what surprises might uncover.

Here are my scores for the wines that I tasted:

Baldwin Rattle Snake Ridge Vineyard Sonoma Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.3

Moss Roxx Ancient Vine Lodi Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.2

Sauzal Century Vines Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.2

Barney Lane Lizzy James Lodi Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.2

Ballentine Block 9 Reserve Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.2

Baldwin Sonoma Valley Dawn Hill Ranch Zinfandel – 2007- 9.1

Bedrock Dolinskey Ranch Heirloom Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.1

C.G. di Aire American Legend Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.1

Calcareous Twisted Sisters Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.1

Edmeades Mendocino County Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.1

Fontanella Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.1

Grgich Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2007 9.1

Haraszthy Napa Valley Howell Mtn Zinfandel – 2008 –  9.1

Kenneth Volk Enz Vineyard Lime Kiln Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.1

Klinker Brick Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel – 2004 – 9.

Novy Papera Ranch Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.

Ridge Lytton Springs Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.1

Spenker Estate Lodi Zinfandel – 2002 – 9.1

Sbragia Italos Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.1

Sbragia La Promesa Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.1

Starry Night The Caboose Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.1

Stepehen & Walker Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.1

Trione Home Ranch Dry Creek Valey Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.1

XYZin 100 – 2008 – 9.1 – Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel

Z52 Truchard Carneros Zinfandel –2006 – 9.1

Sauzal Private Reserve Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Sbragia Gino Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Kuleto Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel  2008 – 9.0

Lava Cap El Dorado Resesrve Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

M2 Source Vineyard Lodi Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

J. Rickards Old Vine Brignoli Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.0

Fields Old Vine Zinfandel Sherman Family Lodi Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Fritz Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Haraszthy Lodi Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Hearthstone Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Hendry Block 7 & 22 Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Ottimino Von Weidlich Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.0

Naughty Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel -9.0

Macchia Oblivious Dry Farmed Lodi Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Martorana Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

B.R. Cohn Olive Hill Sonoma Valley Zinfandel 2008 – 9.0

Ancient Peaks Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Amphora Rivett Vineyard Dry Creek Valey Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Alderbrook Dry Creek Valley Estate Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Brown Estate Micky’s Block Napa Valley – 2009 – 9.0

Ballentine Block 11 Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.0

Bartholomew Park Sonoma Valley Zinfandel  – 2007 – 9.0

Bella Lily Hill Estate Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Black Sears Napa Valley Howell Mountain Zinfandel- 2008 –  9.0

Brutocao Mendocino County Reserve Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

C.G. di Aire  Shenandoah Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.0

C.G. di Aire Southern Exposure Sierra Foothills Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.0

Cakebread Red Hills Lake County Zinfandel -2008 – 9.0

Calcareous Paso Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Calstar Alta Lodi Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Carlisle Martinelli Road Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Cedarville El Dorado Estate Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Charter Oaks Napa Valley Estate Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Dogwood Cellars Mendocino County Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Downing Family Fly by Night Oakville Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Easton Amador County Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Eston Shenandoah Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Rancho San Miguel Starr Road Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Puccioni Old Vine Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Rancho Zabago Monte Rosso Vineyard Zinfandel – 9.0 – 2008

Rock Wall Wine Sonoma County Zinfandel – 2008 –  9.0

Rock Wall Wine Stagecoach Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Rombauer Fiddlestone Amador County Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Saddleback Old Vine Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Sapphire Hill Winberrie Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Scott Garvey 1869 Amador County Zinfandel – 2007- 9.0

Spenker Lodi Rustic Red Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

St. Amant Marian;s Vineyard Lodi Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

St. Amant Mohr Fry Old Vine Lodi  Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

V. Sattui Gilsson Vineyard Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

V. Sattui Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

ZSynthesis Lodi Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Z52 Lodi Zinfandel 2007 – 9.0

XYZin Russian River Valley Zinfandel 50 – 2008 – 9.0

Z52 Agnes Vineyard Lodi  Zinfandel – 2006 – 9.0

Seghesio San Lorenzo Vineyard Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Sinfarosa Mandurria – 2008 – 9.0

St. Francis Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Stepehen & Walker Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Steele Old Vine Zinfandel – 2007 – 9.0

Trentadue Estate Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2009 – 9.0

Storybook Mountain Mayacamas Range Napa Valley  Zinfandel –  2009 – 9.0

Talty Napa Valley Filice Connolly Vineyard Zinfandel – 2008 – 9.0

Candor Lot 2 Zinfandel – MV – 8.9

Carlisle Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel- 2009 – 8.9

Calstar Za Za Zin Star Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Adeilada Esate Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Alexander Valley Alexander School Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 8.9

Amphora Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Artezin Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2009 8.9

Chatom Calaveras County Zinfandel – 2006 – 8.9

Chiarello Family Giana Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley –  2009 – 8.9

Claudia Springs John Ricetti Redwood Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Dendor Patton Mendocino County Old Vine Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Frank Family Napa Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Gugliemo Private Resesrve Estate Santa Clara County Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Haraszthy Amador Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

McCay Trulucks Lodi Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Millaire Ghirardelli Caleveras County Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

MoniClaire Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Mantra Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2006 – 8.9

Marr Old Vine Mendocino County Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Kokomo Pauline’s Vineyard Dry Creek Valley  Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Hartford Russian River Valley – 2009 – 8.9

Hunt Cellars Rocket Man Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Opolo summit creek Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Mounts Family Cypress Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Proulx Willow Creek Farm Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Paso Creek Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2007 –  8.9

Ridge Geyserville Sonoma County Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Rotta Giubbini Vineyard Paso Robles Zinfandel – 2006 – 8.9

Sauzal Family Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

Selby Sonoma County Port – 2007 – 8.9

Sextant Paso Robles Zinfandel 2008 – 8.9

Sinfarosa Mandurria – 2007 – 8.9

Sinfarrosa Zinfandel & malvasia – 2009 – 8.9

XYZin 10 California Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

St. Amant Mohr Fry Ranch Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.9

The Federalist Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Starry Night Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.9

Deep Purple Lodi Zinfandel – 2009 – 8.8

Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.8

Bonneau Egret Amador County Zinfandel – 2007 – 8.8

B.R. Cohn Sonoma Valley  Zinfandel 2007 – 8.8

Egret Shannednoah Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.8-

Haraszthy Sonoma County Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.8

Klinker Brick Lodi Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.8 –

Sausal Family Alexander Valley Zinfandel – 2008 – 8.8

¡Salud!

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I love wine and have had the privilege of working in the wine trade as a senior national wine marketing manager for a wine, food and home goods retailer in 30+ US States. I executed into making wine experiential and made 'wines of the world' programme work in a highly regulated framework for a successful business proposition. My "wine" site also incorporates those categories intimately involved with wine such as food, travel and lifestyle. This site incorporates my many dimensions of interest. I love to review and also talk about many aspects of wine. I have been privileged to visit many wine countries and find them enthralling no matter how many times I visit. I love all aspects of wine: viticulture, history, winemaking, brand development, wine regions and many more aspects. This is a living tradition that needs documentation, education, reporting and reviewing. Do I have favourite varieties and styles? I love so many varieties and often it is situational and yet there are time honoured wines that I anticipate and I am passionate about. I like all colours of wine and all styles. I have had a mad passionate affair with sparkling wines and they are always top of mind. Wine nourishes our soul and is the key to connecting with other people at our dinner table. Salute, James © 2014, 2017 James Meléndez / James the Wine Guy— All Rights Reserved – for my original Content, logo, brand name, rating, rating graphic and award and designs of James the Wine Guy. James the Wine Guy also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social medias.
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