>> In light of your Winemakers' Diary post about the watering down of
>> Carignan and your concerns about the consistency of your bottling I thought
>> that I would let you know the following.
This is the kind of input we want on our site. I would like your permission to reproduce this and my reply under the forum instead of the private feedback.
>> When we opened our first '97 David Coffaro Zin it was pronounced
as "this may
>> be the best zin I have ever tasted". But the next one that we opened and tasted
>> blind was a completely different wine. Although there was some identifiable
>> Dry Creek fruit it was quite tart, more reminiscent of Carneros.
My experience is mostly with Dry Creek wines. Carneros Truchard is the only zin I am familiar with. I constantly describe my zins as tart, harsh, young or a nicer description spicy. I drink my 97s often and depending on my moods I think they are great or sometimes just average. But on the average nights I pull up another competitors wine to check out whether it is just me. Now if you had it blind and wasn't the same wine, I want that wine back to make sure it isn't a bottling problem. I strive for consistency in my wines. I bottle all wines from one tank. If the wine was tart that wasn't water dilution, but it could be something else. Please send it back and I will replace it if you are not satisfied.