8/25/02 - have had a few more bottles since the last post:
91 scherrer old vines alexander valley 91 santino old vine fiddletown 91 williams & selyem rrv (jackass hill).
the 91 scherrer was strange; it was the milkiest wine i can recall. the ml content must have been huge; never the less, i liked it.
91 santino was in fine shape, brickish around the edges and a little sharp at first; it softened quickly and seemed to gain weight and color. the flavors were of red spices and marzipan. not bad; the $8.19 k&l price tag was still on it after all this time.
91 williams & selyem - the color was showing no age and the first sniff was unbelievable. harmonious oak and fruit, the wood aroma was not unlike a w&s hirsch pinot. in the mouth it was concentrated, gorgeous fruit married very well to the smokey oak. the fruit reminded me of the young biale zins i drank in the mid 90s, but with more panache. this wine outclasses lots of premier cru burgundy and 3rd growth or lower bordeaux from an excellent vintage; very stylish and powerful. id had this zin years ago and remember thinking it needed more time (much like the 92 w&s zin i posted tns on recently).
sfiorare: I am intriqued you are tasting 10 year old zins. The oldest I have ever tasted has been five years. I have one 1994 I might try some day soon, but the longer I put it off, maybe I can have a similar experience.
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