a single smell can conjure recollections so profound as to transport
you back to a particular time and place. A song can beam you back
to your teens, dancing with your high school honey. A flavor can
carry you away to the house you grew up in, sitting down to one
of mom's dinners.
And for those of us with the
oenophilic affliction, the mere mention of a wine can fill the nose
and coat the palate with aroma and flavor memories so distinct that
you could swear you had the glass in your hand and the bottle within
reach. The wine becomes the place where the vines grow; the place
becomes the wine.
When it comes to Zinfandel, there
are only two that convey such powerfully suggestive remembrance,
that speak so eloquently of their origin, that blend the wine, the
place and the memories into a single entity. Geyserville is one.
The other is Lytton Springs.