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Schreiner's Winers- It's like, totally gnarly to be living in zin! - 9/18/10 Tasting

Posted by VegasOenophile, Sep 20, 2010.

We did a blind tasting of zinfandel, as I was curious how the big ticket and big name wines would fare when tasted blind against your regular ones.  I got most of the go-to names.  We tasted them in the following order.  I'll post them in order of scoring after. 

Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel Mendocino County 2007

Seghesio Sonoma Zinfandel Conoma County 2008

Saldo California 2008

Ridge California Lytoon Springs 2006

Quivira Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel 2007

Plungerhead Zinfandel Lodi 2007

Rosenblum Rockpile Zinfandel Rockpile Road Vineyard 2005

Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel California 2008

Cigarzin Zinfandel California 2007

Robert Biale Vineyards Zinfandel Black Chicken Vineyard 2006

Ravenswood Teldeschi Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2005

Dashe Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley 2007

Outpost Howell Mountain Zinfandel 2005

Bonus Wine- Blockheadia Ringnosii Zinfandel Sonoma County 2004

The Plungerhead and Blockheadia are not pictured.  No offense to them haha.

We used Robert Parker's 100 point scale to rate and as this is a beginning group, many with newbie palates, the ratings varied wildly and nothing was a universal favorite.  That being the case, the ratings went like this:

First place was a tie with 88 points each for

Quivira DCV 2007

Robert Biale Black Chicken 2006

Next with 87.2 was Cline Ancient Vines 2008 then

86.8  Cigarzin 2007

85.7  Rosenblum Rockpile 2005

85.1  Dashe 2007

84.5   Ridge Lytton Springs 2006

84.4   Plungerhead 2007

83.8   Outpost 2005

83.6  Blockheadia 2004

83   Saldo 2008

80.7  Ravenswood Teldeschi 2005

80.6  Bonterra 2007

80.5  Seghesio Sonoma 2008

My ratings are on each of these links.  My personal favorites were the Seghesio, Ridge, Cigarzin, Dashe, Outpost and Blockheadia.  I wanted to get a Macchia from Amador, but ran out of funds for the number of people attending.  We could have done a Turley, but that one bottle would have taken the place of two of the above.  I am now enjoying a great 2005 Buehler NV Zin!  Here, finally I get some chocolate tones with the jammy fruit.



Reply by VegasOenophile, Sep 20, 2010.

I forgot to mention the bottle we enjoyed before the tasting started, thanks to two of our guests.  It was delicious!

Reply by dmcker, Sep 20, 2010.

Don't think that's RP's scale, since ratings are so low. SW's 100pt. scale, I suppose. Have you guys tried that scale with your previous tastings? And did you just average everyone's scores? Is it zin itself that gets the low rankings from your group? Etc....

Reply by VegasOenophile, Sep 20, 2010.

It was RP's scoring, bu where some of us gave a 90-something, others' 70-somethings really threw off the averages.  Some of them aren't big red fans, nor zin fans I suppose so they ranked everything very low not understanding the flavor profiles of zin.

Reply by dmcker, Sep 20, 2010.

So was this the first time to try it out?

Reply by napagirl68, Sep 20, 2010.

Nice list, but I cannot critically taste more than 3 or so wines without my palate being thrown off to some degree, either falsely for the better or for the worst.   I would love to see this comparison with no more than, say four wines, maybe comparing either appellations OR price point. 

Reply by outthere, Sep 20, 2010.

Wow, the order of preference surprised me until you mentioned your favorites of the group. Surprised by the Ravenswood because the Teldeschi is a pretty good wine. Not surprised by the Saldo because it needs an easy 4 years or more to come around. I bet if you poured these same wines, same vintage, 4 years down the road the scores would flip flop. Or not. ;-)

Thanks for sharing!

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