||And the usual nonsense from the bloody pulpit:
SkyZins: I've followed LoreOlds' Zins from the very start (www.SkyVineyards.com).
They have been one of my favorite examples of what I characterize has mountain
Zinfandel; having a rather rough&rustic fairly tannic structured character
to it. He has also made some pretty interesting Late Harvest Zins over
the yrs as well. I used to buy them up in Colorado quite a bit, but
haven't done as good a job on keeping up with them over the last few yrs.
I also seem to recall the vnyd had to be replanted because of phylloxera.
More exciting, I see from their WebSite that they've also planted recently
Syrah. Since the Parras Vineyard (JadeMtn) and the Lagier-Meredith Syrahs
are so exceptional; I expect the Sky will also be likewise.
RavenswoodZins: I've followed Joel Peterson's Zins from the very start...
the '76 vintage. Needless to say, he's one of my favorite winemakers. Of
the single vnyd Zins, the OldHill, not only because of that great name,
has always been consistently, vintage after vintage, my favorite. It seems
to show more dusty/old vine character, be more structured and tannic, and
the best aging of the bunch. These '91's, three of which came from an auction,
hence the high price, were all fully mature or perhaps a bit beyond.
They're lovely examples of how the Ravenswoods can age.
TerracesZins: I've followed the Terraces Zins from the very start, though
not so much of late. They were always loaded w/ a burnt/charred/toasty
Fr.oak character and lots of a rustic/rough mountain Zinfandel character.
They are ones that seem to age quite well I think.
Consilience PS: First wine I've had from Consilience and I was mightly
impressed; one of the best Petites I've had in a long time. Reminded me
a bit of the legendary Ridge YorkCreek '7Very Northern Rhone in style.
Most of the grapes came from the Caffari vnyd near LosAlamos (the little
one). The winemaker, Brett Escalera, is winemaker at FessParker. Looking
forward to trying their other wines.
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