I’m kicking off 2012’s first Global Tasting Initiative
, one of my favorite domestic wines and one that seems to be too easily dismissed by many self-proclaimed wine experts.
The truth of the matter is that Zinfandel is almost a uniquely American phenomenon, though the grapes are the same as those grown as Primitivo
. You might ask why that is important, and rightly so. It’s not really, but the problem with many domestic wines is the ease with which a critic can say, “well this is fine but it doesn’t compare with the version made in Lichtenstein or Andorra.”
Guess what bonehead, maybe you shouldn’t be comparing those wines at all. Maybe you should just be judging each wine for what it offers and how it stands up to the best of its peers! And peers are not located oceans away. Since American Zinfandel is essentially the only expression of this fine grape, we tend not to encounter such boneheaded comments when talk turns to enjoying the exuberance of a great Zin!
So that leaves us to examine the real story behind the 2008s
, the vintage of the extremes, as well as some of the best wines from this difficult growing season!