Surprised at the zin hate here. I think the grape itself is one with a lot of potential and is generally more interesting than a lof of varietals, as long as the winemaking doesn't get in the way. But that holds true for most, at least for me. I think it's a varietal that was bastardized in the mid-late late nineties and rode the wave of over ripeness, overextraction, high alcohol, etc that got high scores and made a favorable impression on the score chasing crowd. I like zin, particularly from old school producers that make it in a balanced style, like Ridge, Scherrer, Dashe, et al. When made from ripe and not over ripe grapes, I find it to be a good food wine and generally enjoyable. When well made, it can also evolve into something interesting. Recently I've had a 97 Geyserville and a 2001 Geyserville (out of a 3L) that were really enjoyable to drink.