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Wine Blog Tag

Wine Blog Tag

by Tim Elliott on September 17, 2005

The ever creative and prolific Beau Jarvis of Basic Juice and jZepp fame has unleashed a wine and food blog meme, “The Best in the Last 30“. He has challenged wine bloggers to recall their best wine sampled over the past 30 days. He then “tagged” Lenn over at LENNDEVOURS, who then passed the love to The Wine Chicks. Jay & Kristin sent the ball my way after posting a pair of Italian reds and a fairly obscure Rhone white (nice call, Jay!).

This has been a pretty light tasting month for me, with typical summer quaffers and a single tasting that produced an undistinguished group of notes with only a couple in the 8.5 range. This brings me to the previously posted wines for the most recent Wine Blogging Wednesday, the Trinitas Cellars, Old Vine Zinfandel 2002 and the M. Chapoutier, Banyuls 1998. Both wines earned the same 9/10 score, with the Banyuls edging out the Zin in a head-to-head duel with a bittersweet chocolate cake. I’d have to say that the Zin has to get the nod for the “best” wine, however, because it redefined for me what old vine Zin’s can be with much less of the in your face whack of fruit, tannin and oak, but some depth and structure revealed after decanting or breathing. Here are my full tasting notes for the record:

Trinitas Cellars, Old Vine Zinfandel, Contra Costa County 2002 ($17.50) – Ruby color with blackberry, spice and cedar aromas; bold blackberry, raspberry and white pepper flavors with some oak notes and firm tannins. Not as thick and extracted as other old vine Zin’s, but a pleasure and a great find at under $20. Delicious now, but will cellar for 3 or more years. From Matt Cline, former winemaker of Cline Cellars, who has produced some great Zin’s over the years. I’m looking forward to tasting Trinitas vineyard designated Zin’s in the future. Score: 9/10

So I will now pass the baton across the pond to Andrew from Spittoon and Slashfood; you’ve been tagged, chap 😉

Update 9/18: As can be seen in the comments, Beau has asked me to tag a food blogger as well (Andrew doesn’t count since he writes mostly about wine for /food). So, I will go to the left coast this time and challenge foodista Viv over at Seattle Bon Vivant to recount the best food and wine match from the past 30 days. You have been tagged, Viv!

  • Hey Tim, can you tag a food blog for the wine-friendly dish pick? Merci! 🙂

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  • JSCO

    I just visited the Meritage Spa and Resort in Napa Valley. They have a collective tasting room in caves 65 feet underground home to TRINITAS CELLARS. They have the OLD VINE ZIN and it is quite a treat. The vines are 90 years old and it is an AWESOME wine VERY food friendly 9 / 10. The other wines I tried I loved was their Old Vine CUvee and their MATARO!! Ancient Vine Mataro.. who knew?!?! PHENOMINAL.

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