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October 16, 2007

06 Bodegas Zabrin, Calatyud Garnacha de Fuego Old Vines

I guess it's not that much different than the 2005, but it's just not a wine you can have much patience for. This year's is dustier, a bit leathery I guess, with loads of blueberry. Vinegary blueberry--sort of a weird sensation, closest to drinking merlot that's been open a couple days. You can get past that acid, but why even give it the time? It's like Jason Wahler on Celebrity Rap Superstar--sure, it might have been good at something, but not this, and now it just looks like an asshole. Someone must've switched the SAT results. Because the Zabrin looks good enough next to last decade's wines, but a 1600 isn't worth as much anymore. Today the bar for garnacha/grenache is getting pretty high, and Zabrin seems to be bumping its head.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

the Jason Wahler thing is pure money. i am embarassed that as a 39 year old, i get your wine talk, but am not above a little bit of the Hills...where do the years go?

dan mitchell

wauwatosa, wisconsin

10:16 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

Hello Wauwatosa--

No shame in the Hills, no shame in getting old. Means you're outlasting some of the past's greatest wines, and getting closer to the day you can open the future's.

10:42 PM  

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