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Precision Zinfandels

The best wines of 2011 are structured, vibrant and flavorful
Tim Fish
Issue: June 30, 2014


The 2011 vintage adds data to both sides of a longstanding debate: Would California Zinfandel be better if the wines weren't so ripe and jammy? Clearly, the best 2011s offer excellent precision and focus, with vibrant acidity and, yes, slightly lower alcohol levels than usual. But many show little in the way of texture, with the fruit lacking its typical freshness and stuffing, and some wines are downright hard, green and tannic. If nothing else, 2011 proves that ripeness and alcohol level are not the only litmus tests. It's more complicated than that. Wine Spectator's Tim Fish explains.


For the full article, check out the new issue of Wine Spectator, on newsstands June 3, 2014.

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