Every time I see the name ZAP it makes me think of Dr Seuss and that I should be writing stories involving words like nap and snap and rap. Perhaps a rap about zap that made me need a nap? Clearly I read my daughter too many Dr Seuss books once upon a time.
Anyway, after having a great and relaxed time at Good Eats Thursday night, I arrived at ZAP at 10 on Saturday morning prepared to actually take some notes. I made no effort to taste everything and also skipped some of the wines I had enjoyed Thursday, returning though to some favorites who had different wines open. Looking at my somewhat purple notes, I seem to have tasted at only 13 tables, a small fraction of those available. My apologies to everyone I missed, I hope to see you next time.
As the tasting book is in alphabetical order, I'll mention a few highlights:
Bella: I tasted 3 of their wines and like the 2007 Big River Ranch from the Alexander Valley quite a bit.
Biale: I enjoyed everything here but have starred the Black Chicken as a particular favorite.
Brown Estate was new to me and I chose Chaos Theory as my favorite there.
Dashe My favorite was the Todd Brothers also from the Alexander Valley.
Hartford I tasted through the table here and particularly enjoyed the 2006 Russian River Valley.
At Outpost I tasted the 2008 Howell Mountain. They also suggested I consider attending the 6/19 Taste of Howell Mountain.
Ravenswood was again a highlight for me. Not only did I enjoy the wines, particularly the Teldeschi and the Dickerson, but I had a chance to talk with Joel Peterson about his wines and many others. One of the best parts of tastings for me is the opportunity for conversation and Joel spent a long time with me.
Ridge was as expected also great. My favorites were the Pagani and the Buchignani.
At Seghesio I starred the Cortina.
Carol Shelton was offering different tastes than Thursday night so I stopped by to talk with some of the nicest people in the room. The 2006 Wild Thing from Mendocino was my top choice, with some nice spice.
At Sidejob at I starred the 2008 C5 Stefani Vineyard from Sonoma County.
At Turley I liked the 2008 Hayne Vineyard from Napa Valley.