Blending Zin

Zin not only stands alone but is featured prominently in blends from budget to chic.

Trentadue Sonoma County Old Patch Red 2005
Perceptibly sweet and slightly effervescent, 70% Zin, 20% Petite Sirah, 5.5% Carignane, 4.5% Syrah sourced from Alexander, Russian River and Dry Creek Valleys. P&B Geyserville 14.9% $9.99 at Bottle Barn Trentadue

Ridge Dry Creek Valley Lytton Springs 2005
Quite a baby, tight and acidic at this point. After 30 minutes the fruit was starting to break through. 77% Zin, 17% Petite Sirah, 6% Carignane, 2/3 of the wine was aged in US oak. GP&B in Healdsburg 14.4% $27.49 at Bottle Barn Ridge

Brutocao Mendocino Coro 2003
Showing very well with smoky notes and brown spices. The palate shows raisiny fruit and is very smooth and framed with acid. 50% Zin, 30% Syrah, 15% Barbera, 5% Dolcetto. Estate Grown, P&B in Hopland 14.9% $ at the winery Brutocao

Paraduxx Napa Valley Red Wine 2004
This smells of sweet oak and candy. The palate follows in a ripe vein with sweeet fruit and viscosity yet with some underlying tannin for structure. 65% Zin, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, part of the Duckhorn collection of waterfowl. P&B Napa 14.5% $45 at Traverso’s Paraduxx

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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