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by Fred McMillin
for March 2005

Wine

 

It's America—
Baseball, Apple Pie and...ZINFANDEL!

Prologue

Oh mirror, mirror, on the wall,
Which Zin is fairest of them all?

The Competition

"I make the best," said Paso Robles.

"No, I make the best," said the Sierra Foothills.

Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa all joined the chorus.

So we put six bottles from each district in sacks, and the panel picked out...

 

The Fairest of Them All

Rank   The Zinfandel
9th Paso Robles—Castoro Cellars Cobble Creek, 2001, $18
8th Sierra Foothills—Sobon Rocky Top, 2002, $18
7th Sonoma—Rosenblum Monte Rosso, 2001, $18
6th Napa—Blockheadia Ringnosii, 2001, $28
5th Paso Robles—Peachy Canyon Especial, 2001, $30
4th Foothills Sierra—Deaver Amador County, 2001, $20
3rd Mendocino—Graziano Old Vine, 2001, $20
2nd Sonoma—Lake Sonoma Winery Saini Old Vine, 2001, $20
1st Mendocino—Blockheadia Ringnosii, 2002, $24
 

Comments

1. The world's foremost Zinfandel authority, Charles L. Sullivan, does not find one of the above districts superior to all the others. Our tasters agree.

2. Prices—In a recent tasting of California Cabernet Sauvignon, the average price of the top nine was $50. The average price of these Zins is $22! At our next dinner party, I'm pouring Zinfandel with James Beard's marinated flank steak.

Conclusion

If I see any of these on sale, I'm buying for sure.

 

And a Parting Chuckle

Speaking of prices, a sign in a local wine shop reads:

In God we trust.
All others must pay cash.

 

Credits
1. Charles Sullivan's Zinfandel, 2003, U. Of Cal. Press
2. Conducting tasting—Edgar Vogt; Data—Ophie Mercado

 
 
About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. For information about the wine courses he teaches every month at either San Francisco State University or San Francisco City College (Fort Mason Division), please fax him at (415) 567-4468.

 


 

 
 

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