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WTN: New PinotGris/Old Zin

by TomHill » Thu Aug 24, 2006 12:14 pm

Tried these two the other night:
1. alma rosa SantaBarbaraCnty PinotGris (12.5%; http://www.AlmaRosa.com) Richard&Thekla Sanford 2004: Med.light yellow color; lovely floral/aromatic/perfumed quite spicy some minerally nose; tart/rich/lush minerally/chalky very floral/aromatic/gardenia/carnations flavor; long spicy/floral minerally/lush finish; a beautiful floral/minerally PG the equal of any from Alsace; stunningly good wine for $12.60 from Prima IlConsorzia.
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2. RosenblumCllrs SonomaCnty Zin (13.2%; 70 yr old vines) 1988: Very dark near black color w/ slight bricking; beautiful very complex pencilly/smokey/roasted/pungent slight grilled blackberries very cedary/old Bdx nose; soft/smooth Dr.Pepper/black cherry cola/blackberry soda rather cedary/pencilly/old claret very complex slight tannic/dried out flavor; very long/lingering slight blackberry/boysenberry/cola rather dusty/old vines beautiful/complex/old Zin finish; still has plenty of life but ready to start the downhill slide; in terrific shape.
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A wee BloodyPulpit:
1. I just grabbed this Zin fully expecting it to be dead and gone. What a surprise it was to find it still alive and full of pi$$ & vineagar (Kansas colloquialism). This early Rosenblum was mostly from the Samsel Vnyd afore Kent started making a vnyd designate from it. Note that the alcohol is shockingly low by today's standards. By the next morning, the wine had turned a murky brown and was totally dead & gone.
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Re: WTN: New PinotGris/Old Zin

by wrcstl » Thu Aug 24, 2006 1:31 pm

Interesting notes on the '88 zin. I have a bottle of '90 Ravenswood "Cooke" and have been wondering what it will taste like. Just can't seem to find the right occasion to open it. I buy very few zins and understand old ones taste like cabernet more than zin which your TN seems to somewhat indicate.
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