Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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12 Top Zinfandel October 2013

1. Dashe Cellars Zinfandel Florence Vineyard Dry Creek Valley (2010)

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Opening with a huge nose of crushed blackberry, green balsam spice notes, and gorgeous floral accents, this smells terrific. Complex earthy fruit greets the palate with a rich, firm texture to the evolving chocolatey, tart cherry flavors that get added lift from the herbal freshness here. There's almost a little chinato character here, complex, earthy and herbal along with layers of thyme, crushed flowers and red currant and raspberry fruit on the palate. One of the most vibrant and energetic Zins I've tasted recently. This just has stunning purity of fruit with some power behind it, compelling complexity and superb cut on the palate. Just terrific Zinfandel. I’m always disappointed when I remember that this comes from relatively young vines. It’s a magical vineyard. 95pts
 
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  • 87843napagirl68 regarding the Dashe... I am so glad to see you like this wine... Dashe does restrained zins... how a zin should be, IMO. Good call.


  • 84340827 bcarroll Home Ranch by Seghesio is my favorite and I believe grapes are grown only on Rattlesnake Hill, though your list is a good one for the Sonoma vineyards.


  • 1093666Joseph Roth I prefer A. Rafanelli and Martinelli Zinfandels. Excellent wines.


  • 565658Jacqueline Harmon Butler Cline Cellars makes 7 different Zinfandels -- all very tasty. My favorite being Live Oak Zinfandel. The Ancient Vine Zinfandel is also delicious.


  • 1256555ChenChris How about the Renwood Old Vine Zinfandel 2009?


  • 142342jgrootegoed Q. The label states 2009, the review 2010. Fortunately I have both vintages but curious. I agree w/ Mr. Roth's assessment, and am members of both clubs, but find them chasing the Wine Spectator high alcohol/fruit/sweet a bit too much. Any folks here fans of Vince Forchini's wines? I find them exceptional.


  • 1123741DWCPSC You missed a great Zin if you didn't get to Stephen & Walker.


  • 1031115lemonadelucy Robert Biale, any vineyard, any vintage. Superior, polished, and balanced Zins


  • 1100552rickyb Bogle zin and old vine zin are great values, as is Cline ancient vine zin


  • 574710Bruce Reed Dutcher Crossing Maple Zin is fabulous


  • 154660zinfandel1 A Pretty good list. These winemakers are going in somewhat different directions with this wonderful grape; but yet they arrive at the final point at which they are all easily identified as zinfandel. This in itself is remarkable.


  • 417618MikeDashe Regarding jgrootegoed comments, the wine that was tasted was indeed the 2010 Florence Zinfandel (not the 2009 as the picture shows). And as far as Dashe Cellars chasing Wine Spectator high alc./fruit/sweet wines, I think that we've gone the other direction with our wines, much to our taste but probably to the detriment of getting high scores from the press. I appreciate Snooth's thoughtful tasting notes....and I think that many zinfandels are being made now with a lot of balance and complexity, without the excessive alc. or super ripe fruit. Just my opinion! --Mike Dashe



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