1983 Fetzer Zinfandel Ricetti Vineyard Mendocino 13.7%

Not particularly aromatic at first though a little spicy and oaky. A bit of air lends this focus and brings out lots of smoke and briar pipe aromas. Smooth with richness still buffering the tannins and acids, which are significant. Lots of raspberry fruit and tobacco early on the palate is followed by a clean, fresh and bracing finish. This is holding together nicely, showing some peppery spice, a cast of red fruit, and a light oak spice, whiskey barrel tone on the fairly long acid driven finish.  87pts
1983 Haywood Zinfandel Estate Sonoma Valley 13.4%

Smoky, nutty and still oaky on the nose with lots of wild herbs, a mineral base and spicy almost currant fruit. Almost soft on entry with nicely integrated acidity, this offers up simple, burnished wild raspberry fruit with a hint of leafy spice. At 30 years of age this is still a tough wine, very structured and rugged, and long lived with a little cough lozenge note on the rather long finish. This really needs some food.  86pts
1985 Haywood Zinfandel Estate Sonoma Valley  “Table Wine”

Rather complex if unusual and very spicy on the nose with subtle mint and orange peel accents over lots of earthy and frankly dirty aromatics. Orange, earth. This has a lovely texture on entry, rich and rugged showing off raspberry fruit framed with tobacco and lots of earthy nuance with spicy red fruit, lifted by volatility that plumps on the back end and drives through the moderately long acid driven finish that frays and falls apart turning too volatile. With air this implodes, turning into a volatile mess. 74pts for the first sip, 65pts thereafter.

1990 Mazzocco Zinfandel Sonoma County 14.6%

Completely shot on the nose, caramel, beef extract, sweet. Sweet, mouth-filling, acidified, disjointed, over-extracted, tannic, horrible. I enjoyed this wine on release.  50pts
1991 Schuetz Oles Zinfandel Korte Ranch St. Helena Napa 13.9%

Sweet, vanilla, smoke, tobacco, leather, a little cocoa complex and savory with notes of Worcestershire sauce, candied red fruit with lots of spice and orange rind on this spicy and opulent nose. Bright and juicy in the mouth, lots of fruit here with lovely bramble spice notes, soft, slightly creamy tannins, bright acids, nice cut, though this is short and a little hot. Powerful, ripe and quite savory, this gains length on the finish but it is surprisingly hot. 83pts
1992 Topolos Zinfandel Rossi Ranch Sonoma County 13%

Precise on the nose with smoky, grilled meat aromas that are deep with a rustic, savory edge, featuring lovely herbal, sage elements and notes of American oak. This smells like zin. Bright acids on entry, a touch unripe with green edges early on the palate, but then there’s lovely raspberry fruit framed by creamy oak, a little vanilla and lots of briary and green herb notes. This still has some power to it and fine length with an earthy, spicy finish. A powerful yet elegant wine thats a touch rustic but has good fruit with an appealing herbal sweetness. 87pts
1993 Ridge Vineyards Pagani Ranch 14.9%

A wow wine in this company. Intense and perfumed on the nose still showing hints of American oak with dill accents to the leathery, black-fruited nose that shows some light spice notes topped with lovely red cherry fruit and hints of grilled meat. Everything comes together gorgeously, adding in stewy plums and spice notes with air. Sweet on entry, then meaty with intense strawberry, spiced raspberry and American oak flavors. While it does show a touch of heat on the finish, this comes with lots of blackberry and almost black currant fruit. Sweetly fruited on entry, this shows excellent integration with compelling complexity and lovely spice on the finish. Finish is a touch short at first, though there is a fine echo to the fruit.  92pts

1994 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Sonoma County missing ABV on torn label

Lots of vanilla still on the nose along with chunky plummy fruit in a gently spicy, earthy way that morphs into a noticeably rubbery aroma. Plenty of acid and a little burnt fruit quality. Short, acidic and a bit lean on the palate, which does show some cherry fruit but dries out on the finish. A bit short, a bit of rare beef on the nose, disjointed and not very pleasant. Drying, dying and chunky. 65pts