Where have all the affordable Zins gone?

I'm a little irritated right now. I just read an article in a major publication entitled: Zinfandel's Decline. The story told of the writer's disappointment after tasting 50 Zinfandels priced under $20. The conclusion was that wine lovers should give up on finding affordably priced Zins and move on to other varieties that offer more value.

These kinds of sweeping statements really tick me off! It's like saying an entire vintage stinks when regional temperatures and winemaking styles vary so radically.

Frankly, I just couldn't believe it. How could it be that the entire U.S. is devoid of quality Zinfandels that don't cost an arm and a leg?  So, I phoned the publication and asked to speak to the editors. I finally got past a terse assistant and was able to leave a polite voice mail.  I'm hoping they call me back; we'll see.

I'd really like to know what wines they tasted and of course, did they include ours??? We happen to make a terrific Zinfandel under $20 (our Heritage Zinfandel, $17) and I immediately thought of several reliable favorites… Seghesio, Bella, Acorn, and Mauritson to name just a few. But then, much to my great HORROR, I learned that all of these have exceeded the $20 mark, and in some cases, by a long shot! This is truly depressing.

So I'm thinking we should start a coalition in search of great Zinfandels under $20.  If we find enough, we can challenge them to another tasting to see if they might re-think their opinion! If not, we'll certainly have had a great time drinking one of my favorite wines.

So, who's in?

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Chaz Author Profile Page said:
February 26, 2008 12:15 PM

I like your blog. Your voice is very engaging - and I look forward to recieving more...keep up the good work.

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 26, 2008 4:58 PM

Thanks Chaz--I'm enjoying this more than I thought!

Bob Foster Author Profile Page said:
February 27, 2008 8:00 AM

I've been into wine so long, I remember when ALL zins were under $10 (sigh)

This year at the SF Chronicle Competition my group did zins under $25. Here are some of my favorites that were under $20: (all 05s)

Clos La Chance
McNab Ridge

Kim (aka Wilma) Author Profile Page said:
February 28, 2008 8:33 PM

I just had a 2004 Amphora 'Mounts Vineyard' Zinfandel that might qualify, but I need to check on the price. I've been researching and there simply are not that many under $20!

I'm on a mission...

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