Dateline: September 21, 2009, the last day of summer. - Zin Tasting, September 21, 2009

Dateline: September 21, 2009, the last day of summer. Place: Osake Restaurant, one home of Gary Chu's famous "retirement prawns", otherwise known as Martini Prawns. We could report that a new dawn of Zinfandel winemaking gave us several wines with less than 14% alcohol, but that would be wrong. We could report that Napa Valley is now producing better Zinfandels than Sonoma County, but that would be wrong. We could report that the top-ranked "Zinfandel" contained at least 75% Zinfandel fruit, but that would be wrong. We could report that the recession has resulted in lower prices for top Zinfandels, but that would be wrong. We could report that 2006 Zinfandels are, overall, higher rated than 2007 Zinfandels, but that would be wrong. Instead, we can report these facts: Top 3 wines of 8 1. 2007 Ridge "Geyserville": $34, 14.4% alcohol, 34 sum of ranks, 5 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 last place vote: Zinfandel, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Mataro blend 2. 2007 Nalle Dry Creek: $30, 13.8% alcohol, 40 sum of ranks, 3 firsts, no seconds, no lasts. 3. 2007 A. Rafanelli Dry Creek: $40, 14.6% alcohol, 40 sum of ranks, no firsts, 4 seconds, no lasts.