EP 706 A California Zinfandel Wine Tasting

Gary Vaynerchuk grabs 3 serious Zinfandels and sees what he can come up with. The Russian River and Pagani Ranch are on display.

Wines tasted in this episode:

2005 Porter Bass ZinfandelSonoma Red Zinfandel
2006 Neyers Zinfandel High Valley.Napa Red Zinfandel
2004 St Francis Pagani ZinfandelSonoma Red Zinfandel

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91/100

line of the day – ‘Kinda like Holyfield -right? A really good fighter but without knockout power.’

Classic GV with a couple of good sports’ references thrown in for good measure

Tags: red, review, Video, wine, wines, zinfandel

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  • Dave McGee

    Gary, I’ve been a fan for just over a year now and you are the “the man”. Straight forward talk about wine, fair ratings and great info. Just watched the Zin show, great comments. There is a group of us in Bishop CA that think you should do a road trip here for a show. You and Mot would have a great time. Keep up the good work, I know I have expanded my knowledge of wines and sampling, thank you. GO JETS!!!

    Favorite Zin – lately Zynthesis, Lodi, Old Vine, 2007

    Worst – Rosenbloom, weak

    BTW I also purchased a bottle of the Wayne Gretzky, No. 99 2005 Icewine Vidal
    WOW it was worth eery bit of the $50 that I paid, a great treat for those that like an after dinner drink with a little choc and a great cigar.

    Until the next show

    Dave

  • CB in Colo

    I tried a new CA zin yesterday… Orin Swift’s newest creation called Saldo. It’s 85% zin and I really enjoyed it… I’d like to know what you think of it. Since 2 of the 3 on this episode you didn’t like, I think you should do another CA zin show and add Saldo to the mix.

  • CB in Colo

    I tried a new CA zin yesterday… Orin Swift’s newest creation called Saldo. It’s 85% zin and I really enjoyed it… I’d like to know what you think of it. Since 2 of the 3 on this episode you didn’t like, I think you should do another CA zin show and add Saldo to the mix.

  • http://www.VINEgeek.com/ VINEgeek

    Always excited to see Zin as the topic.

    QOTD: We’re talking favorites not necessarily “the best”, so the first Zin I fell in love with was a Bannister from the Rochioli Vineyard (Russian River Valley), mid-90s vintage. Also a long-time fan of Cline single-vineyard Zins (Big Break, Live Oak and Bridgehead), though not every bottle every vintage. Least favorite? I don’t know… I remember not liking Montevina Zins from 8-10 years ago and Barefoot.

  • http://www.VINEgeek.com VINEgeek

    Always excited to see Zin as the topic.

    QOTD: We’re talking favorites not necessarily “the best”, so the first Zin I fell in love with was a Bannister from the Rochioli Vineyard (Russian River Valley), mid-90s vintage. Also a long-time fan of Cline single-vineyard Zins (Big Break, Live Oak and Bridgehead), though not every bottle every vintage. Least favorite? I don’t know… I remember not liking Montevina Zins from 8-10 years ago and Barefoot.

  • CBone

    Wow…it’s been a while. I have been off the radar for 4 months, but I am back! I missed this show.

    QOTD: I love the Ridge Vineyards wines, nearly all of them, but had a Ponzo Vineyards…I think 2006 but perhaps not, and it was delicious. I’ve had some good Seghesios, too.

  • CBone

    Wow…it’s been a while. I have been off the radar for 4 months, but I am back! I missed this show.

    QOTD: I love the Ridge Vineyards wines, nearly all of them, but had a Ponzo Vineyards…I think 2006 but perhaps not, and it was delicious. I’ve had some good Seghesios, too.

  • Joe Trdinich

    You need to try the Zins from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. Favorites include Wilson, Talty, Zichichi, and Seghesio.

    i like the varietal so a “least fave” is tough. Just had a 2007 Cline California that was not very good, but it is their least expensive and others I have had from Cline are quite food.

  • Joe Trdinich

    You need to try the Zins from the Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma. Favorites include Wilson, Talty, Zichichi, and Seghesio.

    i like the varietal so a “least fave” is tough. Just had a 2007 Cline California that was not very good, but it is their least expensive and others I have had from Cline are quite food.

  • http://www.magictlg.com/ KevO

    QOTD:
    Biale Black Chicken, won the 2007 OZ (Oh Zinfandel) tasting in Orlando with it…wicked good.

  • http://www.magictlg.com KevO

    QOTD:
    Biale Black Chicken, won the 2007 OZ (Oh Zinfandel) tasting in Orlando with it…wicked good.

  • AMM3RD

    Best Zin. I’ve ever had is 2006 Hartford Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard! Hartford makes great wine, and this is a special vineyard…AMM

  • AMM3RD

    Best Zin. I’ve ever had is 2006 Hartford Zinfandel Highwire Vineyard! Hartford makes great wine, and this is a special vineyard…AMM

  • Jay

    QOTD: Favorite Zin ? lately Zynthesis, Lodi, Old Vine, 2007 is outstanding. I also enjoy the Cujo Zin for Paso Robles.

    I don’t remember the name of the really bad Zin I had but it was one of the worst things ever.

  • Jay

    QOTD: Favorite Zin ? lately Zynthesis, Lodi, Old Vine, 2007 is outstanding. I also enjoy the Cujo Zin for Paso Robles.

    I don’t remember the name of the really bad Zin I had but it was one of the worst things ever.

  • http://myspace.com/sonicpaul Sonic Paul

    That’s a very quick sniiffy sniff on the Porter-Bass there Gary….

  • http://myspace.com/sonicpaul Sonic Paul

    That’s a very quick sniiffy sniff on the Porter-Bass there Gary….

  • Marianna

    Nice show, Gary! Love the traditional format, it feels like home.

    Favorite: SEGHESIO. Love it, and wish I could still find bottles from 2007.
    Least favorite: Eh, too many to count… basically any generic zin that people bring to house parties. Can’t stand Coppola, personally, in any varietal…

    Cheers!

  • Marianna

    Nice show, Gary! Love the traditional format, it feels like home.

    Favorite: SEGHESIO. Love it, and wish I could still find bottles from 2007.
    Least favorite: Eh, too many to count… basically any generic zin that people bring to house parties. Can’t stand Coppola, personally, in any varietal…

    Cheers!

  • http://www.BobKrumm.com/ Bob in Nashville

    Favorite Zin: Ridge Geyserville, almost any year.

    Least Favorite Zin: Ravenswood Vintners Blend. Joel Peterson makes some incredible zins, his run-of-the mill Vintners Blend, however, isn’t one of them. Almost every other zin he produces is.

  • http://www.BobKrumm.com Bob in Nashville

    Favorite Zin: Ridge Geyserville, almost any year.

    Least Favorite Zin: Ravenswood Vintners Blend. Joel Peterson makes some incredible zins, his run-of-the mill Vintners Blend, however, isn’t one of them. Almost every other zin he produces is.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SiggiWine SiggiWine

    QOTD: OK lets see, the worst is Green Peak Zin. lets say candy which will last you a life time……….. The best was a small Napa producer called Raynold’s Family Wines(I hope that I spelled it correctly cause I had it in 2005 which is before I wrote down what I taste) which is just next to Napa town when you are going the Siver trail to the north.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SiggiWine SiggiWine

    QOTD: OK lets see, the worst is Green Peak Zin. lets say candy which will last you a life time……….. The best was a small Napa producer called Raynold’s Family Wines(I hope that I spelled it correctly cause I had it in 2005 which is before I wrote down what I taste) which is just next to Napa town when you are going the Siver trail to the north.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SiggiWine SiggiWine

    and ohh yea, people PLEASE QUIT BUYING LABELS… ok they have good drawings or a hip and cool colors… it’s like dating the most beautiful guy/girl with no brains at all and you will be like help get me out of here now please…

  • http://www.facebook.com/SiggiWine SiggiWine

    and ohh yea, people PLEASE QUIT BUYING LABELS… ok they have good drawings or a hip and cool colors… it’s like dating the most beautiful guy/girl with no brains at all and you will be like help get me out of here now please…

  • Dan-o

    GV – I was on a Zin kick a few years back along with Shiraz. I think my “pal” asked for a break and therefore I steer clear of them right now.

    Best Zin – Either Biale Black Chicken, or Elyse Howell Mountain
    Worst Zin – tough question, I don’t tend to buy cheap zins, but I guess I would say 7 Deadly Zins.

  • Dan-o

    GV – I was on a Zin kick a few years back along with Shiraz. I think my “pal” asked for a break and therefore I steer clear of them right now.

    Best Zin – Either Biale Black Chicken, or Elyse Howell Mountain
    Worst Zin – tough question, I don’t tend to buy cheap zins, but I guess I would say 7 Deadly Zins.

  • Adam Bock

    Gary!!
    Hey there buddy… Been “lurking” for a few years. Don’t know if you’re going to read this since it’s a little old, but I just was catching up on your show and my all time favorite Zin is a 2001 Rosenblum Carina Cellars (I think). We sold it at $45 or so. It was such an overwhelmingly pleasurable experience every time we opened a bottle. I’ve never had it’s equal sadly. Of course one’s memory is fallibled.

    Keep rockin it G.V.
    Adam

  • Adam Bock

    Gary!!
    Hey there buddy… Been “lurking” for a few years. Don’t know if you’re going to read this since it’s a little old, but I just was catching up on your show and my all time favorite Zin is a 2001 Rosenblum Carina Cellars (I think). We sold it at $45 or so. It was such an overwhelmingly pleasurable experience every time we opened a bottle. I’ve never had it’s equal sadly. Of course one’s memory is fallibled.

    Keep rockin it G.V.
    Adam

  • Sonia

    My favorite Zin was from Claudia Springs. I don’t remember the vineyard or the vintage but it was absolutely amazing. I only bought one bottle and they didn’t have any more when I went back. Learned my lesson.

  • Sonia

    My favorite Zin was from Claudia Springs. I don’t remember the vineyard or the vintage but it was absolutely amazing. I only bought one bottle and they didn’t have any more when I went back. Learned my lesson.

  • Mark

    Let us see what Mot looks like.

  • Mark

    Let us see what Mot looks like.

  • RobRx

    Mmm.. Linne Calodo Cherry Red best

    Any pink zin like Sutter Home- worst

    Take care of Mott. Hope he is OK

  • RobRx

    Mmm.. Linne Calodo Cherry Red best

    Any pink zin like Sutter Home- worst

    Take care of Mott. Hope he is OK

  • John__J

    Cool show, love how you keep things fun.
    How about doing a show where you taste different tiers or vineyards of the same varietal that’s also from the same winery? Idea came to me during this show when I thought of the different zin’s Ravenswood has. Particularly how their Dickerson vineyard wine is so much better than their vintner’s blend. I would love to see a show like that after you do your charbono tasting episode.

    Great episode Gary, thanks

  • John J.

    Cool show, love how you keep things fun.
    How about doing a show where you taste different tiers or vineyards of the same varietal that’s also from the same winery? Idea came to me during this show when I thought of the different zin’s Ravenswood has. Particularly how their Dickerson vineyard wine is so much better than their vintner’s blend. I would love to see a show like that after you do your charbono tasting episode.

    Great episode Gary, thanks

  • http://www.amypattonhomes.net/ Justin Wright

    Love wine, aamd all info about wine. Thanks for the advice

  • http://www.amypattonhomes.net Justin Wright

    Love wine, aamd all info about wine. Thanks for the advice

  • M

    QOTD: I enjoyed many Zins in the 1990's. Can't shout out a favorite or least favorite. Sorry. I've enjoyed Ridge, Ravenswood, Robert Biale, Peachy Canyon, Cline, and more. Recently I have bought a couple of Zins to sip with this summer's BBQs. It's been too long since I've had Zin on a regular basis.

  • BurroBoy

    I distinctly saw your nose pass across the top of the glass of Porter-Bass at 7:01 after mentioning the sniffy, just before the distraction of the wrist band (and Mott's re-appearance). So, even though there was no verbal description of the sniffy, we must assume that the Vaynerchuck Olfactory Systems did acquire data which was subsequently synthesized into the overall analysis…

    QOTD: Don't often go for Zin…have had couple of Turley's that I liked, and just picked up a case deal on a Rosenblum Snow's Lake 2006 which is pretty tasty and a wicked deal. Just keep those white zins away from me please…

  • Cameron J

    I'm on a Zin kick lately, so was a timely show.

    QOTD:

    Favorite – 4 Vines Biker 2006
    Least Favorite – Can't remember…..

  • */^_^*

    QOTD:

    fave – the last one i had.

    least fave – the 1st one i had.

    you really need to pair up cheeseburger a with some wines on an episode. i dunno why, i just felt like saying that….

  • Steve in NV

    QOTD – Favorite – Porter Creek Sonoma Old vines – awesome. Worst – much harder to remember. Was it on an airplane? Love the show.

  • John__J

    qotd: I haven’t bought one in a really long time. I remember liking Sbragia’s Gino’s Vineyard zin, although I have no idea what the vintage was anymore. I had to read other comments to remember 1 didnt remember liking much at all, and 7 deadly zins was one of them

  • Anonymous

    Have had the Neyers and many Sta Francis Zins. QOTD-fav r some St Francis, Turley, worst some of the cheap ones like Immoral Zin.. http://www.winelx.com

  • Anonymous

    *Nice Niche….not nice sn!t¢h, right?…good, GV.

    QOTD – least fav Zin would have to be Raven’s wood where my fav PRIMITIVO is the Salento!

    Cheers!

    Ryan

  • luca bercelli

    91/100

    line of the day – ‘Kinda like Holyfield -right? A really good fighter but without knockout power.’

    Classic GV with a couple of good sports’ references thrown in for good measure

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