Alison Gail Bixby wrote:I love Wellington, and I love Zin, but awhile back, someone on a Woot forum made a statement about California reds: 2005 and 2007 - very good years, 2009 - good, 2008, 2010, and 2011 - not so good, 2012 - great potential. I've kept this little note and wonder if Peter has worked his magic to make 2008 Zins better than "not so good." If they are good enough for Scott Harvey, I'm sure they are plenty good for me!
Generalizing about vintage quality in California is risky business. I would venture that most Pinot Noir or Chardonnay producers would tell you 2011 was an awesome year while most Cabernet producers would tell you it sucked.
My own overall rating of the last fifteen vintages, in groups, follows:
a) 2001, 2007, 2004, 2012
b) 2009, 2005, 2008, 2003, 2006, 1999, 2002
c) 2010, 2000, 2011, 1998
Four overall outstanding vintages, where virtually all regions and varieties were above average to outstanding.
Seven vintages with mixed results: some outstanding wines each year, but some so-so.
Four difficult vintages, each with some standout wines, but also with a large number of