2010 Zinfandel

This session we explored Zinfandel, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, focusing in on the regions of Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma and Napa Valley.

Flight: 2010 Zinfandel

2010 Zinfandel

Top Pick:
2010 Green & Red “Chiles Canyon Vineyard” Napa Valley Zinfandel, $20
note: dark red, in color. dark fruit, earth, white pepper, on the nose. blackberry, plum, spice, clove, nutmeg, olives, on the palate. good aroma on this wine. mild acid, medium tannins, on the finish.

Competition:
2010 Chateau Montelena Estate Napa Valley Zinfandel, $32
2010 Four Vines “The Sophisticate” Sonoma County Zinfandel, $22
2010 Alexander Valley “Redemption” Zinfandel, $12
2010 Dashe Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $23
2010 Unti Vineyards Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, $26

Pre Wines:
2001 Cloud 9 Seity Amador County Zinfandel
2009 Blacksmith North Coast Chenin Blanc

Post Wine:
2002 Ridge Late-Picked Caboose Zinfandel

2nd Anniversary: Champagne, Chardonnay & Cabernet

We celebrated the group’s 2nd Anniversary with flights of Champagne, Chardonnay & Cabernet.

Flight: Champagne

2nd Anniversary Champagne

Top Pick:
Michel Loriot “Cuvee Reserve” Brut Champagne, $30

Competition:
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Réserve Champagne, $27
Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne, $30

Flight: 2010 Chardonnay

2nd Anniversary Chardonnay

Top Pick:
2010 Arrowood Sonoma County Chardonnay, $19

Competition:
2010 DeLoach “Cool Coastal Vineyards” RRV Chardonnay, $13
2010 Jordan RRV Chardonnay, $22

Flight: 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

2nd Anniversary Cabernet

Top Pick:
2010 Conn Creek Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $24

Competition:
2010 Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $22
2010 Twenty Bench Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, $19