While the vibrant and fresh fruit flavors of California Zinfandel satisfy a wine lover's yearning for immediate gratification, a recent blind tasting of 2001 and 1991 Zinfandels by Wine Spectator's Tim Fish showed that the wines can age quite nicely—just don't wait too long. Many of the 2001 Zins have improved after a decade in the bottle, and a handful of the 1991s retain an unexpected youthfulness for their age.
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