In view of my disappointment with the '99's and certainly the few '00's and the horror of my slightly fading Green & Red '97 Chiles Mill, I popped open
1)Franus '97 Planchon - WS-91,WA-90
2)Ridge '97 Geyserville - WS-92,WA-91
1)The Franus was quite brooding on release, almost Cablike, with darker cherry like fruit than the usual Zin, but time has been unkind, and this was a shadow of its' former self. Wear and tear has left it slightly tart and lighter bodied, the fruit has hidden further beneath the tannic frame has subsided. RP said drink in 3 years 2 years ago. I have 2 bottles left that won't see July. 86 pts
2)Hope springs eternal. For those who think pedigree is overrated, consider this. Finally a '97 (mostly)Zin that has held up through the dot.com bomb. While slightly less fruit forward, there is a more balanced mix of pepper and blueberry-plum which is quite appealing. Quite a few years left, which is good, as my once dirty dozen is now halved. 90 pts.
It is crystal clear that most of today's Zinfandel is meant for early consumption as an in your face overripe hot high EtOH wine with bold fruit. Only some survive the early trining process to become delectable senior Zin-izens.
[ 05-28-2002, 10:08 PM: Message edited by: dr.tannin aka x-man ]