Great Sonoma Zinfandels at ZAP Festival 2011

Including the Zins of Dry Creek Valley


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2007 Pedroncelli Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel Bushnell Vineyard 14.9%, $25

Tight on the nose with an immediate dusting of cocoa followed by very soft, gentle black cherry topped with  boysenberry and blueberry tones, all framed with black soil and toasty oak notes. Very focused and tight on entry, with a core of vividly ripe blackberry and boysenberry fruit that expands in the mouth. There are finely balanced tannins that are helping to frame the fruit and excellent depth provided by soil and wood spice tones that lend a bit of marzipan to the palate. The finish is a touch tannic and drying at this point but long and complex. This is a tough Claret-style Zin but with a wonderful core of fruit waiting to burst through the tannins. Cellar it for a year or two, then enjoy. 90pts

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  • Snooth User: Seabrooker
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    We loved the Wilson Zins when we went tasting in November, but our favorites on that trip were all from Amador/Shenandoah- Wilderotter, Bonjon, Runquist and Convergence. These may not make to the ZAP festival, but anyone going anywhere close should take the time to explore this area.

    Jan 27, 2011 at 3:53 PM

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