ZinEx San Francisco Tasting Scores 2020 – James Melendez

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.

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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

Salute,

James

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