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Last week I attended the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP) Media and Trade Tasting. I have been to several ZAP events in the past, but this was the first time I attended the Media and Trade Tasting. In a room full of sommeliers, wine experts, and wine makers, I got to taste some of the best Zinfandel’s California and Southern Oregon has to offer us.
There were hundreds of zinfandel’s to try during the event and I definitely enjoyed each one. What can I say? I love me some zinfandel. However, there were five of the zinfandel’s I tried that really stood out. Here are the top 5 zinfandel’s to try in 2015.
2013 Cline Cellars, Ancient Vine Zinfandel– Contra Costa
Elyse 2010 Black Sears Vineyard Zinfandel-Howell Mountain, Napa Valley
Troon Vineyard 2012 Zinfandel Reserve– Applegate Valley, Southern Oregon
Charter Oak 2012 The Zinfandel Mind– Napa Valley
Sextant 2012 Wheelhouse Zinfandel– Paso Robles