<strong>Wine of the Week</strong>: With an eye to ZAP, scouting for the tastiest zinfandels
Wine writer Peg Melnik had a blind tasting this week of zinfandels in celebration of the ZAP (Zinfandel Advocates -amp; Producers) Grand Tasting in San Francisco this Saturday at the Presidio (<a href="http://www.zinfandel.org" target="_blank">www.zinfandel.org</a>). The zinfandels in this flight ran the gamut from elegant to jammy and everything in-between. Our wine-of-the-week winner is the Bedrock, 2012 Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel, a knockout at $25.
<strong>TOP PICK: Bedrock Wine Co.</strong>
<strong> Bedrock, 2012 Old Vine Sonoma County Zinfandel,</strong> 14.6 percent alcohol, $25. Four stars. A rock star zin with depth. Briary and layered with notes of blackberry, herbs and cracked black pepper. It has good structure, but also manages to be a jammy knockout.
<strong>Other impressive wines:</strong>
<strong> Easton, 2012 Amador County Zinfandel,</strong> 14.5 percent, $18. Four stars. A juicy zinfandel with notes of black cherry, blackberry, herbs and spice. Has a creamy texture and a lingering finish.
<strong>Rancho Zabaco, 2012 Sonoma County Sonoma Heritage Vines Zinfandel,</strong> 15.3 percent, $15. Four stars. A zin with a great concentration of ripe fruit. Aromas and flavors of blackberry, raspberry and caramel. Nice length. Approachable.
<strong>Seghesio, 2012 Sonoma County Zinfandel,</strong> 14.8 percent, $24. Four stars. A spicy zin with an elegant structure. Briary, with notes of blackberry, raspberry and cracked black pepper. Zesty finish. Striking.
<strong>Cline, 2012 Contra Costa County Ancient Vines Zinfandel,</strong> 14.5 percent, $14. Three and 1/2 stars. A tasty zin with aromas and flavors of blackberry, toast and caramel. Hint of chocolate and coffee. Soft tannins. Long finish.