Alive and Kicking – Zinfandel


It’s seems like to have been quite a while since Zinfandel held sway in the wine spotlight. There once was a time when Zin was all the rage. Then, to paraphrase Casey Stengel: ‘it’s too popular; nobody goes there anymore.’

Now, with the rise of Pinot Noir, the ambivalence of Cabernet, and the somewhat concurrent demotion of Merlot and Syrah – nobody apparently waxes philosophically about Zin anymore. Well, we do!

Join us as we delve into several older Zinfandels, to see if the pervasive rumors about its early demise are in fact, true or merely exaggerated.

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4 Responses to “Alive and Kicking – Zinfandel”

  1. 1 JamieTames May 28th, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Best is always subjective. These wines come from well-respected wineries with a long history of producing consistent Zinfandels. Many receive good to excellent ratings on a consistent basis from wine critics.

  2. 2 Sergio Rodriguez Jun 22nd, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I am one who still enjoys Zinfandels. No matter what the majority seem to think, they are always a big hit at all of our get togethers.

  3. 3 Mahmoud Aug 24th, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    Another fine program, I really enjoyed it. Good to know that older Zins are surviving, and quite well by the sound of things. I’ve been skeptical of Zins of late mostly because of the high alcohol and sweetness in the examples I’ve been served. The only producer I’d have no worries over would be anything from Ridge, based on their reputation rather than experience.

    I have only a couple of Zins in my cellar, an ’85 and a ’92, and had wondered if I’d left it too late but your show has reassured me. Thanks.


  1. 1 Heaven is in Oregon | Daughter Elle pingback on Jun 26th, 2012 at 6:00 am

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