||And the usual rants from the bloody pulpit:
The L'Aventure Zin was as fine a Zin from Paso Robles I've yet had. Loads
of fruit, very elegant, not the usual jammy Paso chjaracter (which
I happen to like), nice touch of French oak. A flawless/seamless
Zin. Alas, to price this at $58/btl indicates somewhat totally out
of contact w/ reality. It's a perfectly good $25-$30 Zin; but not recommended
at $58. I doubt that Ehren Jordan will price HIS first Pesenti at
that sort of price. He also has a Syrah '98 priced at the same price.
I'm fearful of what the prices are going to be like when his Estate
grapes come on line. But the wine is damn good Zin.
WildHog Winery: Two more winners from WildHog. Every one of their wines
I've had over the yrs I've liked quite a lot. Including their Pinots.
A small wnry that doesn't seem to receive the attention they deserve.
I need to make a vist there sometime.
Rocco Schiavilla: Not a commercial wine. He's a physicist back in VA who's
a good friend of one of the theoretical physicists in my tasting
group. Every yr he has his mother down in Apulia buy some wine in
bulk from a local wnry and then ship it over to him in a stainless
steel tank. The shipping (clearly NOT the cost of the bulk wine) must make
for a pretty expensive house wine... but if you gotta have the stuff
from the home country, this is as good a way as any!!
BalagnaWnry Zin: John Balagna has followed the TomHill wine tastings from
the very start, in 1972!! Long a home winemaker, he bacame a commercial
wnry when he retired from being a radio-chemist about 1990. His wines
have been showing a continual improvement over the yrs, but the NewMexico
fruit is not Calif fruit, which can be a problem. This yr he got very
ripe Zinfandel from down in Deming. The must was very underacid, but he
acidified w/ tartaric acid so it's got good acidity now. It's got
a raspyness on the palate that some age and judicious fining some
ameliorate. But it's the first NewMexico Zin that has classic Zin
fruit. Best NM Zin I've ever had. Looking forward to the finished wine.
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