Originally posted by hippomon:
Originally posted by PurpleHaze:
I think a WOTY, if one is inclined to think that such an award is meaningful, needs to have a wow-factor that is on par with the other great wines of the world.
What Zinfandel would you put on par with the best of the best, hippomon?
I can think of a few that wowed me:
Mazzocco Juan Rodridge Reseve 2008
Turley Ueberroth 2009
Carlisle Papera Ranch 2008
I must confess that Bordeaux wines in general do not wow me, however Rhone and Pinot often do.
Sorry to hear about the Bordeaux thing, hippomon, although I think that your perspective may well point out the difficulty of the whole WOTY concept. It's sooooooooo subjective. And again, it's not just a wow that's needed for me, it's a wow against all comers.
I've never had a Zin that was even close in wow-factor to the best I've had from the Rhone or Burgundy, not to mention so many other styles/regions.
If you gave me a choice of a great Red Bordeaux, a spectacular Cote Rotie, a world class Burgundy, hell....even an excellent Napa Cabernet against the best Zinfandel I've ever had, the Zin would remain unopened with no thought given. Very specific food pairings excepted of course.