by Fred McMillin
for March 18, 1997
The Story Vineyard Story
Prologue: "Zinfandel, beyond all argument, is the great, proven grape variety.. Of Amador County's Shenandoah Valley. Flavors can be astonishingly intense especially when the vines come from shy-bearing graybeard vineyards.. prominent among them being Story." ....from Bob Thompson's "Wine Atlas of California" "Story Zinfandels are robust, spicy, well-flavored and complex." ....from Prof. John Baxevanis' "Wine Regions of America"
The Rest of the Story: So, how would the bottle do in my last blind tasting? The label read Story Vineyards Old Vines Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley, Amador County. It came from their 80-year-old Picnic Hill Vineyard. The vines may be shy-BEARING but the Zin was not shy TASTING. In fact, in the balloting it topped the other Zinfandels by a substantial margin. Try a bottle to see what those old vines can do for you.
1994 Old Vines Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley, Amador County (Picnic Hill)
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