An Eight Year Old Zin Worth Pursuing


Label an eight year old zin worth pursuingTonight we cracked open a bottle of 2007 Passalacqua Dry Creek zinfandel that had been hanging around in our cellar. The notation on the bottle said we should have opened it in 2011. Luckily we forgot about it until recently. This is an eight year old zin worth pursuing.

This is terrific stuff. Aromas of brambleberry and spice. The palate opens with traditional zinfandel spice followed by layers of complexity: a hint of vanilla, a touch of black raspberry, and more spice on the finish.

The year 2007 was a good one for Passalacqua zins. The winery was making them quaffable, sometimes approaching pinot noir complexity. We’re happy we held on to this one for eight years. 

About the author

Tony Lima has been a California wine fan since arriving in California from the east coast in 1974. He's lived the growth and expansion of the industry first hand. He's seen the fickle California Wine consumer fads pop up and burst... the craze for Zinfandel, then oaky Chardonnay, then Merlot, now Pinot Noir. His day job was Professor of Economics at California State University located in Hayward. (He retired in 2016.) His undergrad degree in chemical engineering (MIT) and his MBA ( Harvard) and Ph.D. Economics (Stanford) are the root of his interest in the Business of Wine. He is a card-carrying member of the AAWE - American Association of Wine Economists.

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