Made from Viognier and Roussanne, this intensely sweet wine has rich flavors of the ripest apricots and white peaches, drizzled with vanilla and cinnamon spice. The texture can only be described as voluptuous. Acidity is good, providing a cleansing balance. The alcohol is a very high 18 percent. This is sheer decadence.— S.H.
Just what you want a great mountain Zin to be. Marvelously rich and ripe in berry, cherry, chocolate, coffee and spicy flavors, a wine that just blows you away with fruit, but balanced and even elegant. Fully dry despite the size. Perfect with grilled meat or poultry.— S.H.
Mountain red wine, big, bold, brawny, hot and packed with ripe red and black stone fruit flavors. Completely dry, with outsized but velvety tannins, this wine defines a long-lived style of Barbera, and is really quite wonderful.— S.H.
Made from the Viognier grape, this is a very sweet wine that oozes flavors of orange custard, honeysuckle, vanilla, caramel and white fudge. It’s tremendously spicy, with a firm acidity that creates a clean zestiness despite the sugar.— S.H.
A good, rich, spicy Zin that shows loads of character at a great price. Full-bodied and bone dry, it bursts with blackberry, tobacco, dark chocolate and pepper flavors.— S.H.
A beautifully exuberant mountain Zin. There’s nothing shy or reserved about its power blast of wild briary berries, currants, chocolate and peppery spice flavors. Deliciously complex and distinctly Zinny.— S.H.
A densely structured wine that sports deep, rich plum, blackberry, cassis, smoke, toast, licorice, coffee and chocolate flavors. The texture is firm and rich, with a smoky edged note on the finish.— W.E.
This is an unassuming white, crisp and easy to enjoy, from a Sierra Foothills producer better known for Zinfandel. Opening with pretty, floral aromatics of hibiscus and honeysuckle, the palate is high in acidity with a taste of green apple and grapefruit.— V.B.