Fort Mason here in San Francisco plays home for some great annual wine events including ZAP, a Zinfandel focused event that had 273 wineries pouring zins. We tasted some great zins from all over. I was definitely reminded how much I like zins from Dry Creek, Amador county, Lodi and Russian River Valley.
I always enjoy retasting some of your old favorites. It is like seeing an old friend. In this camp it was great to have some Hartford Court (RRV), Claudia Springs (Anderson Valley), Dashe (Dry Creek) and even more predictable offerings like Ravenswood and Cline both still always impress me when it comes to zinfandels. There was also a Teldeshi coming out of Crushpad that definitely impressed me and reminded me that I really like that vineyard. (Not unlike being at Pinot days 2 years ago when after tasting a great pinot produced at Crushpad I realized there was no reason for me not to be making wine there.)
I definitely wanted to discover some new zins though and despite all the great wines when trying new wineries i felt like you had to kiss some frogs before finding the gems. This seemed more than I remember from past years. Some of the new finds that stood out where:
- Murphy Goode who I usually count on for a reasonably priced Cabernet Sauvignon. They were pouring a 2004 "Snake Eyes" that was great.
- Easton had a nice 2003 Fiddletown Old Vine Zinfandel
- Taft Street Winery out of Sebastopol had a lovely 2005 Cobblestone Vineyard at a reasonable $22.
- Klinker Brick had a lovely but more pricey $37, 2005 Old Ghost
Instead of taking notes I took pictures of bottles that I wanted to follow up and buy. Here were some of the new discoveries that I would recommend…