However, that’s a rant for another email; I’ve got to keep focused here on the task at hand, finding the exceptions that prove the rule!
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What they may or may have not realized, was that in certain vintages, when the stars were properly aligned, and everything came together perfectly, the whole would be much greater than the sum of its parts. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Bucklin Family’s Old Hill Zinfandel. This knockout of a wine relies on some of California’s oldest vines, and dozens of different grape varieties to produce a killer, age-worthy Zin.
Two to TryRidge Lytton Springs
My Secret Selection: One of the reasons that these field blend Zins age so well is the backbone provided by a good dose of Petit Sirah. This inky black grape can be a little clumsy but in the right hands it can age spectacularly well, retaining fresh wild fruits and gaining a silkiness that makes them a joy to drink. I’m particularly partial to Jaffurs petite.
Cabs are king in California, and usually priced accordingly (if you're a Cab fan, don't miss my earlier piece on affordable Cabernet Sauvignon). I know we all love a great Cali Cab but they can be tough to find when you're looking for one that really will benefit from time in the cellar and won't break the bank, but there are a few out there worth checking out. I’ve been telling everyone who will listen that the Emblem Oso Vineyard is my California Cabernet buy of the year, so far.
Two to tryCharles Krug Cabernet
Chappellet Mountain Cuvee
Two Great Values from CaliforniaRidge Lytton Springs
A reliably delicious, age-worthy Zinfandel from one of California's finest producers.
Emblem Oso Vineyard Cabernet
Spread the word: This is my best California Cab purchase of the year.