Zin Tax

Last night, we tasted ten more wines -- eight Zinfandels, a Pinot Noir, and a Riesling icewine. Based on this tasting, I'd have to say that Zinfandel is not a varietal that I can really say I like. Of the eight Zins we tasted, only two stepped forward as interesting, and I really would only actively choose one. At the end of the evening, I opened the King Pinot Noir and decided that I'd Pinot Noir over Zin on a typical day.


  • King Estate Pinot Noir 2000

  • Thurston Wolfe Washington Zinfandel 2002

  • Rosenblum San Francisco Bay Zinfandel Carla’s Vineyards 2002

  • Iniskillin Riesling Icewine 1998

Less Good

  • Cline Live Oak 2000 (I actually poured this down the drain -- maybe it was corked)

  • Murphy-Goode Liar’s Dice Zinfandel 2002

  • Rosenblum Vintners Cuvee XXVI (nice, but not as nice as the other Rosenblum)

  • Rancho Zabaco Sonoma Zinfandel 2001

  • Sausal Alexander Valley Private Reserve Zinfandel 2001

  • Ravenswood Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel 2001 (this one was a strong loser)

Comments (7)
  1. AndrewSeven says:

    I’m not a big wine drinker, but I have really taken a liking to Primitivo.

    It is a very old grape and has some sort of relationship to Zinf, but Zinf doesn’t have the same appeal for me.

  2. Ken Cowan says:

    I’m not familiar with those vinyards. Are those red zins or white?


  3. The Zins we drank were all red.

    As for the Primitivo, I’ve had it, but don’t remember it. I’ll have to pick some up and try it.

  4. Heather says:

    If you like reds and haven’t tried it yet, I recommend Tommasi Valpolicella. I find Valpolicella more drinkable (less heavy) than Zins.

  5. I love to Tommasi Valpolicella — I’ve had it many times. I’m a big fan of the super-Tuscans in general.

  6. Please don’t sue me…

  7. Please don’t sue me…

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