EP 583 Zinfandel tasting – Blind.

Gary Vaynerchuk is sky high after a huge Jets wine and his beard is getting thicker and thicker as he tries 6 California Zinfandels BLIND right before Thanksgiving.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2006 Sebastiani Dry Creek ZinfandelSonoma Red Zinfandel
Coppola Diamond ZinfandelOther California Red Zinfandel
2005 Thomas Henry ZinfandelSonoma Red Zinfandel
2006 Outpost Zinfandel Howell MountainNapa Red Zinfandel
2006 Rosenblum Richard Sauret ZinfandelOther California Red Zinfandel
2006 Ravenswood Napa ZinfandelNapa Red Zinfandel

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luca bercelli

93/100

line of the day – ‘like a big, serious tyre was just stuffed into your nosepiece’

As usual Gary is sensational in blind tastings. God does he know his sh*t. And hilarious was his unintentional diss of Mott. When Mott mumbles about not being able to put a future show up early Gary says, ‘I got it, I know how to click a button’ Now we all know how much work Mott actually does. (but we still love him)

Tags: Blind Tasting, california, red, review, Video, wine, wines, zinfandel

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  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Sad that it was an 0-6 night. :( QOTD: Dont think ive had more than one or two zins, and certianly cant remember anything about then. Def. need to try some more, and Id like to.

  • Dessert Wine Nerd

    Sad that it was an 0-6 night. :( QOTD: Dont think ive had more than one or two zins, and certianly cant remember anything about then. Def. need to try some more, and Id like to.

  • David

    if you want good Zin, the only place to get it is Lodi, CA.

  • David

    if you want good Zin, the only place to get it is Lodi, CA.

  • Kevin C

    QOTD:

    Love Storybook Mountain Napa Valley Reserve – had every vintage since 1999

  • Kevin C

    QOTD:

    Love Storybook Mountain Napa Valley Reserve – had every vintage since 1999

  • Julie in Boston

    I’m very late getting this comment to you (I just recently found Wine Library TV (shocking I know)) but to answer your question, one of the best Zins I’ve had lately was the 2005 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel. Have you ever tried this, I’d love to get your thought on this particular wine. Thanks Julie

  • Julie in Boston

    I’m very late getting this comment to you (I just recently found Wine Library TV (shocking I know)) but to answer your question, one of the best Zins I’ve had lately was the 2005 Chateau Montelena Zinfandel. Have you ever tried this, I’d love to get your thought on this particular wine. Thanks Julie

  • Brandon

    Gary,
    I’m just getting into wine, for I have only been able to legally purchase it for about a month. I’ll preface my statement with this: I am a college student. This means a small budget which results in big-time disappointment when a wine doesn’t wow me.

    I absolutely LOVE the show. Consequently, I have followed you advice trying to sample as many varieties as possible. I decided to try Zinfandel tonight – a Ravenswood Napa Zin 2006 jumped out at me on the grocery store shelf and I got it. I have had their petite syrah and liked it so I assumed their Zin would be a big play for me. Immediately I caught big-time fruit on the nose. On the mouth some of the spices and vanilla got me too. However, the fruit felt artificial in the mouth. For the first 3 seconds this wine was great for me. Then…swallow! HEAT. That alcohol carried through and killed it. What was funny was the toothpaste thing. I kept thinking menthol or paste or something…then you nailed it. Hindsight 20/20, I would have scored this an 80 for my palette. I am inexperienced with both tasting and scoring, however, I have watched your show enough to know to trust my own palette. It was just a bit discouraging to see my $13 destroyed.

    Just thought a novice college students perspective would be interesting to (you?) and others. Here’s my question to you: What are the three best wines under $10 that a college student (such as myself) could get into?

    Cheers,
    Brandon
    The College of Wooster
    http://www.wooster.edu

  • Brandon

    Gary,
    I’m just getting into wine, for I have only been able to legally purchase it for about a month. I’ll preface my statement with this: I am a college student. This means a small budget which results in big-time disappointment when a wine doesn’t wow me.

    I absolutely LOVE the show. Consequently, I have followed you advice trying to sample as many varieties as possible. I decided to try Zinfandel tonight – a Ravenswood Napa Zin 2006 jumped out at me on the grocery store shelf and I got it. I have had their petite syrah and liked it so I assumed their Zin would be a big play for me. Immediately I caught big-time fruit on the nose. On the mouth some of the spices and vanilla got me too. However, the fruit felt artificial in the mouth. For the first 3 seconds this wine was great for me. Then…swallow! HEAT. That alcohol carried through and killed it. What was funny was the toothpaste thing. I kept thinking menthol or paste or something…then you nailed it. Hindsight 20/20, I would have scored this an 80 for my palette. I am inexperienced with both tasting and scoring, however, I have watched your show enough to know to trust my own palette. It was just a bit discouraging to see my $13 destroyed.

    Just thought a novice college students perspective would be interesting to (you?) and others. Here’s my question to you: What are the three best wines under $10 that a college student (such as myself) could get into?

    Cheers,
    Brandon
    The College of Wooster
    http://www.wooster.edu

  • G

    Used to go to the ZAP at Fort Mason when I lived up in the Bay Area. Hendry used to a nice job. Liked Seghasio across the board. Ridge was solid. Dusi Ranch is a nice fruit source. Was interesting that the Howell Mountain fruit showed big on the nose and failed in the glass, many of my favorite cabs are sourced there.

    I generally prefer the paso zins for the pepper, have a number that I like down there. But was nice to see Rosenbloom take the best of the worst. Alameda suffers from being close to Oakland and well, in a way this really fits for the East Bay. And speaking of Alameda, might be a show in the Hangar One distillers…not sure that anyone else has done a “swords into spirits” transition at an abandoned military base, but they do some fun stuff.

  • G

    Used to go to the ZAP at Fort Mason when I lived up in the Bay Area. Hendry used to a nice job. Liked Seghasio across the board. Ridge was solid. Dusi Ranch is a nice fruit source. Was interesting that the Howell Mountain fruit showed big on the nose and failed in the glass, many of my favorite cabs are sourced there.

    I generally prefer the paso zins for the pepper, have a number that I like down there. But was nice to see Rosenbloom take the best of the worst. Alameda suffers from being close to Oakland and well, in a way this really fits for the East Bay. And speaking of Alameda, might be a show in the Hangar One distillers…not sure that anyone else has done a “swords into spirits” transition at an abandoned military base, but they do some fun stuff.

  • brentl

    Gnarly Head 07 (or 06, I don't remember) surpised the crap out of me at $11 at Costco and got even better the day after opening

  • John__J

    qotd: The Dickerson Vineyard from Ravenswood was really good, some of their others I’ve had were not

  • Anonymous

    Love a good Zin, have tried all except the Thomas Henry, these are all low end Zins…much better in the $20 plus range QOTD-had a 2006 D-Cubed which was very good, a 2008 Shooting Star for $15 was great and was very disappointed by a 2008 Baile Black Chicken.. maybe it was too early to drink.. http://www.winelx.com

  • luca bercelli

    93/100

    line of the day – ‘like a big, serious tyre was just stuffed into your nosepiece’

    As usual Gary is sensational in blind tastings. God does he know his sh*t. And hilarious was his unintentional diss of Mott. When Mott mumbles about not being able to put a future show up early Gary says, ‘I got it, I know how to click a button’ Now we all know how much work Mott actually does. (but we still love him)

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