By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/7/2016 | Send Email
I love the first week of baseball season. Whether you are in the freezing cold and snow or in the spring sunshine, there is a sense of hope and dreams flow free and easy. Maybe your team won’t be terrible again this year, maybe you’ll surprise everyone and be a buyer at the trade deadline, and maybe you’ll have a great, fun run towards the playoffs; maybe one of those trades will finally pay off? Regardless, the weather is just about to turn, if it hasn’t already (it’s about 80 degrees as I write this in SF today) and we’ll get to the games more, listen to the radio on the porch more and there will be plenty of times to BBQ.
These Saini Zins are like getting the next MVP in a trade for an out-of-his-prime, over-paid player, a shocking and wholly welcome find. Their estate vineyard is surrounded by much more well-known vineyards like Nalle, Ridge-East Bench, Mauritson and Mazzocco. While they’ve been growers for four generations, not only did they grow grapes—as you’ll see by their block names, their brand is relatively new, beginning with the 2008 vintage—but their vineyard is around 90 years old. The 2014 Dry Creek Valley Zin is a steal. Previous vintages of this wine have been some of the most under-the-radar finds of the last couple of years and the 2014 is the breakout vintage. Perfect balance, powerful but agile, with a number of years left on its contract, this is what everyone wants on their team: a perennial plugger that makes an adjustment and hits the next strata of performance. Bright, juicy, darkly fruited and full of perfectly ripe exuberant Zin fruit, this is an everyday Zin that you want to build a team around.