The October installment of Pick My Next Bottle focuses on Zinfandel from a few of my very favorite producers. Ridge, Turley and Williams Selyem are without a doubt in the very upper echelon of California Zinfandel producers. As I mentioned in the first installment, the purpose of this series is to provide insight into specific wines or producers you may currently have in your cellar.
This month has an extra special focus: My wife Lisa is traveling to San Diego next month to participate in the Komen 3-Day walk, and we’re hosting a Zinfandel wine tasting this weekend to wrap up her fundraising efforts. Read more about Lisa and her passion for women’s health issues (and pink ribbon tattoos) on her blog, My Pink Ink. You can also support her San Diego adventure by making a donation to the 3-Day!
The winning bottle will be featured at the tasting.
- 2004 Turley Hayne Vineyard – With 16.3% alcohol, the 2004 Zinfandel Hayne Vineyard is one of Turley’s two or three most prodigious Zinfandels. A dense purple color is accompanied by aromas of white flowers, black raspberries, blackberries, cassis, melted licorice, and pepper. Huge, rich, and concentrated, it is a testament to the greatness of Zinfandel from a vineyard planted by Italian immigrants in 1904. It should drink well for at least a decade. 94 points from the Wine Advocate.
- 2004 Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard – Deep ruby. Crushed black fruits, minerals and exotic citrus zest on the nose. Sweeter and more pliant than the Bacigalupi, with riper acids. But this has terrific density and superb fruit, and finishes with a powerful tannic spine. 94 points from Steve Tanzer.
- 2001 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (in magnum) – The 2001 Lytton Springs Proprietary Red, a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 17% Petite Sirah, and 7% Carignan (14.7% alcohol) is superb. I was knocked out by its multiple dimensions and combination of jammy briery raspberry and currant fruit intermingled with licorice, spice, and pepper. Its dense purple color is accompanied by a rich, full-bodied palate presentation, and a long, seamless finish. Enjoy this outrageously delicious Zinfandel over the next 5-6 years. 92 points from the Wine Advocate.
Which Zinfandel should we open at the wine tasting?
- 2001 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Springs (in magnum) (56%, 19 Votes)
- 2004 Williams Selyem Forchini Vineyard (24%, 8 Votes)
- 2004 Turley Hayne Vineyard (21%, 7 Votes)
Total Voters: 34
Thanks for voting! I’d love to see a comment below on why you picked one bottle over another. Also, let me know if you have any suggestions for the November installment of Pick My Next Bottle.
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