Gregory Dal Piaz

Location: New York, NY

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12 Top Zinfandel October 2013

2. Bucklin Old Hill Ranch Zinfandel Ancient Field Blend (2010)

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This smells great filled with precise aromas of black pepper, blue floral notes, high toned spicy accents and rich huckleberry blackberry and wood spice notes. Smooth and polished on entry, then turning dense and chewy and a bit folded in on itself. This is one deep, weird wine, not Zinfandel in many ways but hitting more of my Languedoc buttons, are more like Syrah, all earthy, deep, a little beefy and spicy and rich but not fruity rich. The long finish is more true to type, more briary fruit and finely ripe blackberry fruit driven with a bit of tangy boysenberry on the lightly medicinal and aromatic finish that shows hints of violets and cinnamon. This is so complete and so complex, tannic and chewy but fruit is so bold that one hardly notices. Definitely has great potential to improve but already is just a stunning field blend. 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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