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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Flashy 2006 Zinfandels from Carlisle

Posted: March 18, 2008  By James Laube

It’s always exciting when a great winemaker outdoes himself, which is exactly what Mike Officer has done with his 2006 Carlisle Zinfandels. These wines, which Tim Fish and I tasted in one of our regular weekly blind tastings, are sensational, earning a sprint don’t run endorsement.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Bear and Rattlesnake with Jackass Zin

Posted: February 11, 2008  By James Laube

School fund-raisers ain’t what they used to be. Forget bake and garage sales. How about grilled rattlesnake with a double magnum of 2002 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir to wash it down? On Friday I was invited to a wild game feast hosted by vintners Pam and Lee Martinelli.

Blogs  :  Stirring the Lees with James Molesworth

The Best Form of Education

Posted: February 3, 2008  By James Molesworth

Education comes in many forms—literature, film, etc. And often education comes in a predictable format or setting, such as the classroom, whereby you know what to expect. But for me, the best education is more than just seeing or hearing.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Rosenblum's Sale Crucial for Zinfandel Lovers

Posted: January 30, 2008  By James Laube

The sale of Rosenblum to Diageo is important on several fronts. Rosenblum has been one of the state’s biggest champions of Zinfandel. In any given year it can bottle up to two dozen single-vineyard wines from this grape as well as other often underdog varietals and, perhaps more significantly, it has emphasized value, which all wine drinkers prize.

News & Features  :  Columns

ZAP Tasting Reveals a Strong 2006 Vintage

The annual tasting always feels more like a party, but with the high quality of the 2006 Zins there was reason to celebrate

Posted: January 28, 2008  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Columns

A Blind Tasting of Zinfandel

The 2005 vintage shows overall success in a wide range of styles, but opinions on the wines are far from unanimous

Posted: January 15, 2008  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Another California Zin to Keep Your Eye On

Posted: December 18, 2007  By James Laube

We like turnarounds, and one of the wineries we noticed that had stepped up quality in the past go-round of reviews is Mazzocco , based in Sonoma’s intersection of Dry Creek and Alexander valleys. All four of Mazzocco’s 2005 Zinfandels hit the jackpot in our blind tastings and I say "we" and "our" because Tim Fish, my colleague and associate editor, is now covering the lion’s share of Zinfandel reviews, and he first came to notice the improvement.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

My Red Wine's Too Warm

Posted: July 9, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

I am perched atop a high stool at a wrought-iron table in the patio of D19, one of my favorite restaurants in Aspen, Colo., where we spend a good part of our summer. It's a warm noon, but we are protected from the sun by a wide umbrella.

June 30, 2007 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Zinfandel Uptick

The 2004 and 2005 vintages see rising quality though styles vary widely

Posted: June 30, 2007  By Tim Fish

Video  :  Video Index

Kent Rosenblum: Zin Master

When Kent Rosenblum moved to California, he didn't start out wanting to make wine, let alone Zinfandel. Now a top Zin producer, Kent looks back at how he -- and old vine Zinfandel -- got their start.

Posted: June 14, 2007  

Video  :  Video Index

Red, White and Zin

What makes Zinfandel "America's Grape"? Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube sat down in his Napa office with Scott McLeod, winemaker at Rubicon Estate. Scott makes Rubicon's famous Cabernet Sauvignon as well as its Edizione Pennino Zinfandel.

Posted: June 11, 2007  

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Why 2007 Should Be Phenomenal in Napa Valley

Posted: April 30, 2007  By James Laube

Here’s an item to clip and save. You never hear predictions about a harvest, or a vintage, five months before a grape is picked (because anything could happen in the meantime). But thanks to winemaker Scott McLeod of Rubicon Estate in Napa Valley, we have something to ponder between now and harvest.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Ugh! Valentine’s Day

Posted: February 14, 2007  By James Suckling

I am in a rotten mood. Today is Valentine’s Day and I hate it. I have loathed this commercial celebration for as long as I can remember. Maybe it was because Heidi Hendrickson in the sixth grade didn’t accept my Valentine’s message.

News & Features  :  Columns

Learning to Love Zin All Over Again

It's all about appreciating how unpredictable Zinfandel can be from vintage to vintage and bottle to bottle

Posted: January 30, 2007  By Tim Fish

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Kinder, Fleshier Zinfandel

Posted: January 26, 2007  By James Laube

Zinfandel has a lot going for it, but it also has its share of problems and missed opportunities. The wine is uniquely Californian. It grows well in many areas of the state, is capable of expressing terroir and is stylistically versatile.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Zapped by Zinfandel

Posted: January 25, 2007  By James Laube

It was sometime around 1990 when Jerry Seps approached me about how Wine Spectator might increase its coverage of Zinfandel. Seps is the owner-winemaker of Storybook Mountain in Napa Valley and a long-time champion of Zinfandel.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Red Wine and Chocolate

Posted: January 8, 2007  By Harvey Steiman

Years ago I discovered, quite by accident, that red wine can taste just fine with chocolate. It was at a dinner where the dessert, one of those dense, not-very-sweet, runny chocolate cakes where the center oozes a molten river of dark brown goodness, had not yet become a cliché.

Blogs  :  James Suckling Uncorked

Small World in California

Posted: January 3, 2007  By James Suckling

I arrived at my father's house in San Diego the other evening and there was an open magnum of wine sitting on the kitchen counter, with "Zin '05" marked on the side of the Burgundy-shaped bottle. "I wanted you to try this wine and let me know what you think," he said.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Great Zinfandel From a Special Site

Posted: December 18, 2006  By James Laube

Zinfanatics, and even those who aren't, would do well to try a pair of Zins from Haywood. The label dropped off the radar of most wine lovers as production decreased due to financial problems, but Haywood's Zinfandels have always been classy, distinctive, balanced and reasonably priced.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Exciting Discovery From Paso Robles

Posted: December 6, 2006  By James Laube

When you can say that a winery makes a lot of great wine at terrific prices, well, that’s a magical thing. This week I discovered such a winery—Four Vines, founded in 1996. In the words of one of its owners, "This is one of the largest wineries in Paso Robles you’ve never heard of.

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