At last night's gather at wine.woot HQ, Rick decided to join us and brought a bottle of the Alta Zin to try in addition to the other goodies. My notes tell me that it was initially woody on opening with muted fruit. The body, structure, and restraint that I look for in a Zinfandel were all present. The flavours needed some air to come out and play, and with much swirling this started to happen pretty quickly. I'd put this as similar in style to Scott Harvey's Reserve (white label) Zin but not quite as bold. Despite having zero room to store this stuff I'm actually considering going in on a set.
For calibration, my tastes in Zin run more towards the restrained, classic style and not the fruit-bomb massive extract Zins you often see. e.g. I don't think I've yet met a Lodi Zin that I've enjoyed.
2016: 57 bottles. Last wine.woot: 2009 Roessler Random Pinots
2015: 107 bottles, 2014: 57 bottles, 2013: 66, 2012: 91, 2011: 92, 2010: 74, 2009: 30, 2008: 3 My CT