I write this in the middle of a trip to California, the primary purpose of which was to taste Zinfandel. You see I love Zinfandel, think it’s the country’s greatest wine in fact. There is more diversity with Zin, plantedas it is basically throughout the state, than any other wine. Not only is it planted throughout the state but it hasin fact found some pretty terrific sites all through central and northern California. It is nothing if not adaptable.
I’ll follow up soon with an actual article on Zinfandel but today I am side tracked. Side tracked by wine that fell outside of my box, so to speak. The box I came to California to fill. The great Zinfandel box. As I mentioned I love ZInfandel, even named two producers as Snooth’s Producer of the Year in both 2011 and 2012. Such is my love for the grape and admiration for those who produce it. In planning my current trip I was able to pack the list with some of my favorite producers, though a few were too busy with crush, which seems to have ended for most folks just this past week, the week of October 20th as I write this. None the less I was able to put together a compelling list, and have been working my way through my visits, generally quite delighted by the wines I’ve been trying. And then there was my visit to the Old Hill Ranch with Will Bucklin.