How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#51 Post by jflegler » June 18th, 2020, 7:31 pm

If it’s just for personal consumption (no allowance for parties or gatherings), I’d spend $700 on Bedrock (mix of Bedrock, Monte Rosso, Old Hill, Pagani) and a $300 case of Scherrer OMV.
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#52 Post by Chris H. » June 19th, 2020, 6:51 am

Carlisle, Bedrock, A. Rafanelli--they are usually 1 case purchases each per year. Might be a little over 1k, but I really like the producers, and all of the wines can age well (5+ years). So I feel safe getting vineyards that I like (Papera, Pagani, Bedrock, Carlisle, etc.), especially in good vintages like 2016, 2018. With that said, I have been impressed with what these producers made in a challenging vintage like 2017 (especially for fires, and climate/rain for zin).
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#53 Post by Magnus Solhjell » June 19th, 2020, 7:06 am

I don't drink much Zin, but I could easily buy 2,5 cases of Vine Starr by Broc Cellars.

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#54 Post by Philip N. Jones » June 19th, 2020, 1:40 pm

Almost all of my purchases are from Bedrock and Carlisle. Each usually has two releases a year. I usually buy a case each time. That’s four cases. And I have to work pretty hard to keep my purchases down to one case each release. And I have to work pretty hard to keep up with drinking that much. But the result is close to $2,000 per year. Good wine, good people, etc.
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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#55 Post by MikeMy » June 19th, 2020, 6:21 pm

Brian S t o t t e r wrote:
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No Bedrock Monte Rosso Zin love?
Absolutely. I probably spend the $1K just on MR thru Bedrock and Baile.

Others zins include Limerick Lane, Turley, Carlise, O & F and Bedrock's variety of Z's.
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#56 Post by Bryan Cottriel » June 20th, 2020, 12:18 pm

I’m currently in Lodi and I tasted at St Amant and Fields Family the other day. I would recommend anyone who is a fan of not over the top Zins to check them out. They both make balanced wines not typical of the area. St Amant’s Marian’s vineyard is legit and Fields Family makes a zin from Kirchenman vineyard that super good too.

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#57 Post by John Davis » June 20th, 2020, 1:37 pm

Like others said, easily done splitting it between Turley, Ridge and Bedrock pick your favorites.
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#58 Post by Christopher Dunn » June 20th, 2020, 1:40 pm

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I'd buy a bottle of Ridge Lytton Springs, then spend the rest on good wine. [cheers.gif]
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#59 Post by R. Somerville » June 20th, 2020, 1:51 pm

If you twisted my arm I'd go with Lytton Springs and Geyserville.

Though if I'm honest, I struggle with the big alcohol monsters these days so I'd probably end up spending the money on Prum, minus the migraine.

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#60 Post by MarkStDBA » June 20th, 2020, 2:21 pm

William Segui wrote:
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There are so many great Zins but I’d just send my $1k to Mike Officer and happily take everything I received in return
^ This. The only caveat is I average around $750 annually on Carlisle Zins.
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#61 Post by M@tt G. » June 20th, 2020, 3:18 pm

6 bottles each from Bedrock, Carlisle, Ridge and Turley. Pick your favorites.
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#62 Post by Adam Frisch » June 20th, 2020, 3:47 pm

Bryan Cottriel wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 12:18 pm
I’m currently in Lodi and I tasted at St Amant and Fields Family the other day. I would recommend anyone who is a fan of not over the top Zins to check them out. They both make balanced wines not typical of the area. St Amant’s Marian’s vineyard is legit and Fields Family makes a zin from Kirchenman vineyard that super good too.
Fields Family are great - have not had St Amant.
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#63 Post by Chris Johnson » June 20th, 2020, 3:50 pm

I love Mike and Jay along with the wines at Carlisle. My wife does like them at all anymore. We’ve shifted the zin dollars to Scherrer and Hartford Family. I still buy the SC Carlisle at retail now for when she is at book club.

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#64 Post by J. Rock » June 20th, 2020, 4:09 pm

Has no one suggested a 4-bottle allocation of Downstream yet?...
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#65 Post by MarkStDBA » June 20th, 2020, 5:26 pm

J. Rock wrote:
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Has no one suggested a 4-bottle allocation of Downstream yet?...
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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#66 Post by P Turk » June 21st, 2020, 6:02 am

$1k on zin ... easily! Like many others above: Bedrock, Bucklin, Carlisle, and Turley for me.
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#67 Post by Antonio_G » June 21st, 2020, 6:34 am

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#68 Post by Rich Brown » June 21st, 2020, 11:47 am

J. Rock wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 4:09 pm
Has no one suggested a 4-bottle allocation of Downstream yet?...
Maybe throw in a little Dark Matter as well ;)

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#69 Post by Rich Brown » June 21st, 2020, 11:49 am

Chris Johnson wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 3:50 pm
I love Mike and Jay along with the wines at Carlisle. My wife does like them at all anymore. We’ve shifted the zin dollars to Scherrer and Hartford Family. I still buy the SC Carlisle at retail now for when she is at book club.
Damn, totally forgot about Hartford for some reason - GREAT call! Their zins have crept up into the upper echelon for me sitting alongside Bedrock, Carlisle, Ridge, and Once & Future

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#70 Post by NickRut » June 21st, 2020, 12:44 pm

Scherrer futures would be necessary. Some Ridge Geyserville, the rest split between bedrock and Carlisle
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#71 Post by Lee Braem » June 21st, 2020, 4:25 pm

Lamborn.

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#72 Post by M. Dildine » June 21st, 2020, 4:44 pm

Rich Brown wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 11:49 am
Chris Johnson wrote:
June 20th, 2020, 3:50 pm
I love Mike and Jay along with the wines at Carlisle. My wife does like them at all anymore. We’ve shifted the zin dollars to Scherrer and Hartford Family. I still buy the SC Carlisle at retail now for when she is at book club.
Damn, totally forgot about Hartford for some reason - GREAT call! Their zins have crept up into the upper echelon for me sitting alongside Bedrock, Carlisle, Ridge, and Once & Future
So many good ones - Biale, Turley (duh), Radio Coteau, Williams Selyem ... not sure how I would limit myself to a grand!
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#73 Post by John Oglesby » June 21st, 2020, 5:42 pm

Dutton Goldfield
Lamborn
Ridge
Carlisle
Navarro
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Tofanelli
Rafanelli
Cedarville
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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#74 Post by mstockley » June 21st, 2020, 8:12 pm

Easy:
Carlisle (Montafi, Carlisle, Pagani) $400
Bedrock (Bedrock, Lorenzo's, Monte Rosso) $400
Ridge (Geyserville, Lytton) $400
Bucklin (Old Hill) $200

Oops. Not so easy. Didn't even order some every day Sonoma drinkers. Yeah, guess it's hard to only spend $1K on Zinfandel each year.
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#75 Post by Rich Brown » June 22nd, 2020, 8:05 am

mstockley wrote:
June 21st, 2020, 8:12 pm
Easy:
Carlisle (Montafi, Carlisle, Pagani) $400
Bedrock (Bedrock, Lorenzo's, Monte Rosso) $400
Ridge (Geyserville, Lytton) $400
Bucklin (Old Hill) $200

Oops. Not so easy. Didn't even order some every day Sonoma drinkers. Yeah, guess it's hard to only spend $1K on Zinfandel each year.
This is a SOLID list - well done!

Would be very, very hard not to get any Bedrock Dolinsek and Carlisle Papera though ;)

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#76 Post by Leonard Maran » June 22nd, 2020, 8:05 pm

I would buy as much Beekeeper as I could.

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#77 Post by Matt Mauldin » June 22nd, 2020, 9:26 pm

I'd buy a mixed case of Storybook Mountain Estate Reserve & Eastern Exposure, and a mixed case of Ridge Lytton Springs & Geyserville.
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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#78 Post by Mike Kuller » June 22nd, 2020, 9:42 pm

I have three cases of zin that Have come in during the past 2 months. All are 2018s which are supposed to the best in a decade.

Rafinelli
Turley
Limerick Lane

Ridge 2018s are just starting to come out. I started drinking Lytton Springs in the early 1980s so it has a lot of sentimental value.

Another one I like a lot that I don’t see mentioned here is Brown Napa.

There so many different styles and levels of quality, you really need to do some tasting.
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#79 Post by Tom O » June 23rd, 2020, 10:24 am

Bedrock
Ridge
Carlisle
I spread the above around all the vineyards but make sure to always get some Ridge Lytton Springs & Geyserville.
The above probabally puts my personal budget pretty close to $1K, who am I kidding I'm sure it is over that. [wow.gif] I might toss in some Turley or Limerick Lane but I'd be at $2K pretty fast.
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Re: How would you spend $1000/year on Zinfandel

#80 Post by Joe G a l e w s k i » June 24th, 2020, 3:46 pm

Bob C wrote:
June 17th, 2020, 8:41 pm
Vince L. wrote:
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Wow, how much do you typically spend on wine a year?
Way more than I should!
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Your topic is very interesting. I think of myself as a zinfandel connoisseur. But zinfandel represents less than 3% of my cellar and nowhere near the financial commitment that you seem to be making on it. In fairness, I was much more interested in zinfandel 5-10 years ago, and the fact that I've given up on so many producers as too big or not my style is the reason that I own/spend low amounts on it today. As others have mentioned, Carlisle and Scherrer are names worth looking into that aren't on your list. I would suggest getting on the Scherrer mailing list, inquire about older bottles for sale, and if you are so inclined, also buy a futures mixed case of their OMV and Shale Terrace, assuming you are willing to hold them for a few years before drinking. Ridge is definitely worth seeking out, both younger and older bottles to give you persepective.

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#81 Post by Bob C » June 24th, 2020, 4:12 pm

Thanks Joe!

Your advice is definitely worth looking into.

Since I've only really gotten into wine about two years ago, Zin makes for that good early drinker. I'm almost certain that as time goes on, my Zin purchases will be less and less. Actually have a pretty high percentage of wines that need to lay down for a few years, so need something to drink now:)
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#82 Post by scott davis » June 24th, 2020, 9:24 pm

A 1995 Hendry Zinfandel Block 7 marked the beginning of my wine odyssey somewhere around 21-22 years ago.
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