Quick Picks 6 – Chase Cellars Zinfandel

by Tim Elliott on February 28, 2007

Chase Family Cellars ZinfandelQuick Picks rolls into 2007 with a look at the standout Zinfandels from Chase Family Cellars tasted at last month’s ZAP tasting in San Francisco.

Tasting notes:

Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard 2004 ($45) – Ruby-purple in color with aromas of raspberry, blackberry and spice. Ripe blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors with black pepper finishing elegant and very balanced with medium-firm tannins. A real fruit bomb but has enough structure for further aging.

Score: 91

Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard “Reserve” 2004 ($75) – Dark purple in color with intense aromas of blackberry jam, raspberry and licorice. In the mouth, there is rich blackberry and black cherry fruit along with white pepper and spices finishing very smooth and long with well integrated tannins. Perhaps the best Zinfandel I’ve ever had. Only 100 cases produced.

Score: 95

Show Notes:

00:04 – Welcome and winery background
01:30 – Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard 2004
02:12 – Chase Family Cellars, Zinfandel, Hayne Vineyard “Reserve” 2004
03:29 – Contact details

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  • http://www.pinotblogger.com Josh

    I’m right there with you Tim.

    I tased over 200 Zins at ZAP for the TCA screening and the Hayne Vineyard Zins stood out like a hot blonde at Web 2.0 conference.

    Great juice – but at 70 bucks a bottle, I’m reluctant such a sizable percentage of my my pinot money towards a Zin, no matter how good. But maybe that’s just me. :) Exceptional wine.

  • http://www.pinotblogger.com Josh

    My kingdom for an edit button…(sigh)

  • http://www.elbloggotorcido.com/ el jefe

    hey Josh – anything that makes people smile is OK in my book – and “tased … at ZAP” sure made me smile! cheers! – j

  • http://winecast.net Tim

    Thanks for keeping it real, Josh ;-)

    I agree that even $45 is a lot for a Zin but we have to splurge sometimes. When you think about it, $75 is not too bad for the Zin equivalent of a Grand Cru Burgundy (yea I know, not quite as good but you get the analogy, I think).

  • http://www.openmarketwine.com Ken

    I don’t understand..if it’s probably the best Zin you’ve ever tasted why only a 91 score..I think you have the same issue I do there’s always the chance these a better one out there?? or is it only CABs are worth 95 or greater. Which reason??? ;-)

  • http://winecast.net Tim

    Good point Ken, but I rated the “best Zin” a 95 ;-)

    I also have to get those notes from ZAP and another ZAP roadshow tasting posted soon… thanks for your comment.

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