Review: XYZin 10 and 50

XYZin is an arm of Ascentia wine estates in California and as its name implies, it aims to be the final word in Zinfandel. Its  winemaker, Ondine Chattan, grew-up in Marin country so she’s been around the wine regions of that area most of her life. As one can tell from the way XYZin names its Zinfandels, one of the things it does is to showcase a span of history of what young-to-old vines can do in the bottle and ultimately, your glass.

In this review, we take a look at their 2007 “10” and 2006 “50” – made with 10yr old vines and 50yr old vines respectively.

2007 10 – W.E.P. Rating: 60%

Technical Data:

  • Wine Type:Red Wine
  • Varietal:Zinfandel
  • Appellation:California
  • Harvest Date:September 4th – October 15th, 2007
  • Acid:5.8g/L
  • PH:3.70
  • Alcohol %:14.2
  • Price: $16

Nose: bright cherries like cherry-flavored kool-aid action as well on the nose – a little fake-smelling. I also get subtlties of rose petal.

Taste: Tightly-woven, young tannins give way to a fruit-bomb with some bits of cherry/raspberry jam and white pepper. A finish that’s too short with tannins that are completely out of control and fruit that tastes too fake. Quite frankly, at $16, there are far better zins out there but I do appreciate the relatively low alcohol for a Zin as it helps to create a more balanced finish.

2006 50 – W.E.P. Rating: 70%

Technical Data:

  • Wine Type:Red Wine
  • Varietal:Zinfandel
  • Appellation:Russian River Valley
  • Acid:5.9 g/L
  • PH:3.7
  • Aging:Aged 15 months in French Oak
  • Residual Sugar:Dry
  • Alcohol %:14.3%
  • Price: $35

Nose: Bigtime raspberry/blackberry jam with nice hints of plum-sauce,  white pepper and euchaliptus and rhubarb.

Taste: Bright raspberries topped over rhubarb pie – add in hints of pepper and you have the front-end palate of this wine. I’m also getting some fruity-pebbles action along with red vines licorice. A decently long finish resounds with a lace of leather, vanilla, and white pepper, however, it’s doesn’t have near the overall mouthfeel and pizzaz a wine of its price range should have in my opinion. To me, this is a Zin that should be more appropraitely priced at $20-$25 to make it more competitive to what else is out there.

Winey Website: www.xyzinwines.com