Another nice showing of Zinfandel/Primitivo producers from mainly California, one Primitivo from Puglia and one Plavac Mali from Croatia. The Pier 27 location which serves as an embarking point for cruise passengers to San Francisco is also the City’s wine hall. I do miss the old Ft. Mason pier where many of the ZAP tastings had been held–an old timey place and it reminds me of positive experiences there.
ZinEx is a very nice event where unlike many tastings features food from restaurants, food brands, caterers, etc. It is nice to see an even for both media/trade and consumer to have a nice selection of food.
Questions I asked at this years tasting:
- Is your Zinfandel 100% if not what else is in the wine?
- If you use Petite Sirah – why?
- Tell me about vinification
I do get why Carignan is utlised as it has to do with long term practice and/or heritage. I am interested if it is for heritage reasons OR “I use for colour” or I hear often “to add balance or richness” for Petite Sirah. For the colour reasons, I am not sure why Zinfandel needs to be darker–if I wanted a Petite Sirah–I’ll certainly reach for one. Petite Sirah over expresses itself in Zinfandel even in a small percentage while I do not think that is the case for Carignane.
I am not a fan of Petite Sirah; you can look at number of acres of Zinfandel* at 40,770 acres and Petite Sirah* at 7,602 acres. It is interesting online the number of acres for Petite Sirah is all across the map in including one writer who says there are “10,00 acres” which I think this person meant 1,000 but that is far off the current number as documented by the California Department of Agriculture. I do not think there will ever be a day when the number of acres increases to the level of Zinfandel production–just no where near the complexities of Zinfandel.
I like ZinEx format–a comfortable place–a good experience of food and wine. I wish I could have tasted everything. I do hope to do more Zinfandel tasting this year in my favourite wine glass.
Here is what I tasted at ZinEx:
|Amador County The Native Zinfandel 2015 92 Points|
|Amador Cellars Amador County Zinfandel 2016 93 Points|
|Amador Cellars Family Reserve 2016 92 Points|
|Scott Harvey Amador County Zinfandel 2017 91 Points|
|Bellagrace Vineyard Estate Amador County Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Bella Block 10 Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2014 – 91 Points|
|Carol Shelton Monga Zin Old Vine Lopez Vineyard Cucamonga Zinfandel 2017 93 Points|
|Carol Shelton Peaceland Vineyard Fountaingrove District Zinfandel 2016 92 Points|
|Carol Shelton Cox Vineyard Old Vine Mendocino County Zinfandel 2016 92 Points|
|Carol Shelton Wild Thing Old Vine Mendocino County Zinfandel 2016 93 Points|
|Easton Amador County Zinfandel 2015 92 Points|
|Easton Fiddletown Zinfandel 2016 92 Points|
|Easton Old Vine Rinaldi Vineyard Fiddletown Zinfandel 2016 92 Points|
|Easton Shenandoah Valley of California Estate Zinfandel 2016 92 Points|
|Easton Shenandoah Valley of California Estate Zinfandel 2000 93 Points|
|Elyse DCV Zinfandel 2014 92 Points|
|Elyse Korte Ranch Vineyard Zinfandel 2014 92 Points|
|Elyse Morisoli Vineyard Rutherford Zinfandel 2014 – 92 Points|
|Fields Family Stampede Lodi Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Fields Family Stampede Lodi Zinfandel 2015 – 92 Points|
|Fields Family Stampede Lodi Zinfandel 2014 – 91 Points|
|Grgic Plavac Mali 2016 – 93 Points|
|Hartford Family Old Vine Fanucchi-Wood Road Vineyard RRV Zinfandel 2017 93 Points|
|Hartford Family Old Vine Hartford Vineyard RRV Zinfandel 2016 – 93 Points|
|Hartford Family Old Vine Jolene’s Vineyard RRV Zinfandel 2012 – 92 Points|
|Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Primitivo 2017 – 93 Points|
|Hendry Block 7 & 22 Napa Valley Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Hendry Block 28 Napa Valley Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Hendry Block 28 Napa Valley Zinfandel 2010 – 93 Points|
|Miraflores El Dorado Estate Yellow Block Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Miraflores El Dorado Estate Zinfandel 2015 – 92 Points|
|Moss Roxx Lodi Ancient Vine Reserve Zinfandel 2016 – 91 Points|
|Oak Farm Vineyard Block 417 Mohr-Fry Ranches Lodi Zinfandel 2018 – 91 Points|
|Oak Farm Tievoli Lodi Red Blend Wine 2018 – 90 Points|
|Oak Farm Lodi Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|OZV Old Vine Lodi Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Ridge Oatman DCV Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Ridge Mazzoni Home Ranch Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Ridge Jimsomare Monte Bello Vineyard Santa Cruz Mountains Zinfandel 2017 – 93 Points|
|Rombauer Fiddletown Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Rombauer Sierra Foothills Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Rombauer El Dorado Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Rombauer Napa Valley Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Accademia dei Racemi Sinfanrosa Manduria Primitivo 2016 – 93 Points|
|Steele Pacini Vineyard Mendocino County Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Steele Catfish Vineyard Lake County Zinfandel 2016 – 92 Points|
|Terra d’Oro Amador County Zinfandel 2017 – 90 Points|
|Terra d’Oro Home Vineyard Amador County Zinfandel 2017 – 90 Points|
|Terra d’Oro Deaver Vineyard Amador County Zinfandel 2017 – 91 Points|
|Terra d’Oro SHR Field Blend Amador County Zinfandel 2017 – 90 Points|
|Tonti Family Russian River Valley Rosé of Zinfandel 2018 – 91 Points|
|Tonti Family Old Vine Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2017 – 92 Points|
|Tonti Family Artisan Reserve Russian River Valley 2017 – 92 Points|
|Tres Sabores Ingrid and Julia Napa Valley Rosé 2019 – 92 Points|
|Tres Sabores Rutherford Estate Zinfandel 2017- 91 Points|
|Tres Sabores ¿Por Que No? Napa Valley Red Wine 2015 – Napa Valley Red Wine – 92 Points|
|Turley Ueberroth Vineyard Paso Robles 2013 – 93 Points|
|Turley Hayne Vineyard Napa Valley Zinfandel 2013 – 92 Points|
|ZO Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2017 – 91 Points|
More information from Zinfandel Advocates and Producers can be found here.
* Data source for acres planted in California – California Department of Agriculture
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