Zynthesis Old Vine Zinfandel 2010 ..
2010 Zynthesis Zinfandel Old Vine Community Tasting Notes
Ridge 2008, 3 Valleys Sonoma 8 points
Gnarlyhead 2008, Lodi 3 points
Black Sheep 2006, Calaveras County 8 points
Zynthesis 2009, Lodi 2 points
Brazin 2007, Lodi 6 points
Old Moon 2008, CA 11 points
Rosenblum 2007, Rockpile 5 points
Bonterra 2007, Mendocino 0 points
Murphy Goode Liar’s Dice 2007, Sonoma 10 points
Boot Stock 2007, Lodi 0 points
Cline 2008, CA 1 point
Challis Lane 2008, CA 3 points
Rosenblum 2007, Contra Costa 9 points
Renwood 2006, Amador 1 point
Fetzer 2008, Valley Oaks 0 points
Canard Salivage 2008, Dry Creek 1 point
Ross McGowan 2007 4 points
La Storia 2005, Alexander Valley 0 points
Kenwood 2007, Sonoma 17 points
Trader Joes 2009, Paso Robles 0 points
Rosenblum Vinters Cuvee XXXI, 0 points
Rosenblum Vinters Cuvee XXXV 5 points
Windsor 2007, Lodi 0 points
SinZin 2007, Alexander 7 points
Dancing Bull 2008, CA 2 points
Watusi 2008, CA 10 points
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8th Place: DRY CREEK VINEYARD 2008"Heritage" ZINFANDEL
A number of tasters said they gave this wine a poor rating because itwas too tannic. On the other hand, I found it to be nicely balanced and thestructure of this wine was not a negative for me, but a positive. It'smedium ruby in color and displayed a nice fragrance of berries and sweetfruit. The wine is dry, another plus. The acidity adds a measure offirmness and the wine is not an alcoholic fruit bomb, two more plusses. Inoted this as being "a wine for adults" in a field with a numbers of"kid's wines." I gave this one-and-a-half stars on my three starscale, no stars being an standard quality, ordinary wine.
7th Place: JOEL GOTT 2008 California ZINFANDEL
Medium ruby in color, I found some ripe and mildly jammy notes in thisdry, somewhat low acid red wine. It's technically well-made, but if thegrapes don't have character, you wind up with a simple, superficial wine. It offers red fruit aromas and flavors, but it's shallow, soft and perfectlystandard. No stars.
6th Place: BOGLE 2008 Clarksburg ZINFANDEL
Medium- ruby in color, the nose shows aromas reminiscent of cocoa andchocolate. "Is this grape wine?" I wrote. Low in acidityand close to dry, it's a flat, chocolate-kiss-of-a-wine. I had a"minus sign" - as my rating of this, though there are numerousconsumers (can we call them "wine drinkers"?) who find this sort ofwine to be attractive. Not me. Sorry.
5th Place: CLINE 2009 California "Ancient Vines" ZINFANDEL
Medium ruby in color, this is another ripe, berryish, jammy redwine. It's low in acidity and a bit flat, with a smoky note to itsflavor. The ripe berry theme continues on the palate, with a hint ofoak. Fairly standard red...maybe worthy of a half star rating.
4th Place: ZICHICHI 2006 Dry Creek "Estate"ZINFANDEL
I was surprised to find the character of Lodi Zinfandel in a wine withthe Dry Creek appellation. It's redolent of dark chocolate and chocolatecovered berries. The wine might have a touch of sweetness, anotherdistraction for me. It's a big, fat, high octane wine which reminded memore of a Porto from the Douro Valley than it does of Dry Creek Zinfandel. It's certainly not a "table wine," but closer to a cocktail. Igave this a "minus" rating, as well. Sorry.
3rd Place: BUEHLER VINEYARDS 2008 Napa ZINFANDEL
Medium ruby in color, there's a lightly berryish fragrance here with afaintly herbal undertone. This is dry and medium+ in body. Brightberry fruit on the palate and mild tannins...One star.
2nd Place: ZYNTHESIS 2009 Lodi ZINFANDEL
Clear in appearance, this is medium ruby red in color. Lots ofberries on the nose, with fragrances along the lines of raspberry. Dry,with a medium level of acidity, it's a medium-bodied red. Not especiallyprofound, but quite a pleasant, simple red wine. Lots of red fruitflavors, with notes of cherry and pomegranate on the palate. One star+. I'm usually "allergic" to Lodi, so this is a really pleasantsurprise. Nice that it's not spoofulated with fake oak...
1st Place: MARIETTA 2008 Sonoma County ZINFANDEL
Dark ruby in color and clear in appearance, this wine offered loads ofblackberry and raspberry fruit aromas. It's medium+ bodied and dry. The flavors feature blackberry fruit and it's reasonably soft on thepalate. While it doesn't have especially complex Zin fruit or spice, it'sa very pleasant red wine. One star+.