year we matched six Zinfandels with six equally-priced Cabernet
Sauvignons. The wines were over $10 and under $20. The Zins
won five of the six matches. That tasting indicated Zinfandel
usually is the better buy in the mid-price range (See WineDay
Annex, Summer 1998, "A
The Rest of the Story
We got to wondering how Zins would do against
equally-priced Cabs below $10 and over $20.
So we set up another six appropriate pairs in our last tasting.
Here are the results.
(Wines winning by the largest margins are listed last.)
|| Glen Ellen Proprietor's Reserve,
Cal., '96, $6
||Cline, California '95, $9.50
|| Simi, Dry Creek Valley, '97,
|| Peachy Canyon, Paso Robles,
Dusi Ranch, '96, $23
|| Rosenblum, Redwood Valley,
Rhodes Vineyard, Annette's Reserve, '96, $22
|| Barefoot, California Non-vintage,
Deja vu! Once again Zinfandel won five of the
six equal-price pairings. (tasted blind, as always)
As we said last year, there's no question that
Cabernet Sauvignon can produce a greater wine than
can the Zinfandel However, if you're looking
for a red to drink tonight that's under $25,
our results say, buy a Zin,
Another way to state this is that when you buy
a Cab under $25, you are paying not only for the
wine, but for the prestige of having the label
read Cabernet Sauvignon.