Ah, Pedroncelli makes Dry Creek Zins too? I’d forgotten that.
Pedroncelli’s famed Zins have quite high alcohol levels too, and they are universally quite liked as an amazing value, especially by rpm, despite his traditional tastes! The one we didn’t like as just tooo hot was over 16% alc, which Laura’s told us she also likes to avoid. Winemakers are struggling with the hot weather to keep alcohol down, bu I guess Zin is the kind of fruit-driven grape to handle it best.
Incidentally gcdyersb, don’t forget that just as we don’t have to take an artist’s interpretation of their painting / sculpture as gospel, likewise we can also ignore winemakers’ preferences and drink the wine as we like!
Mind you, in this case I can’t think of any good reason not to, but for example the English traditionally don’t follow French wine-drinking practices: they drink their stuff far too young!