Sobon Estate 2007 Zinfandel (Fiddletown)
A thoroughly enjoyable Zinfandel that shows the variety’s lusty character, but with special grace and finesse. Bone dry and richly tannic, it has complex flavors of blackberries, blueberries and currants, with earthier notes of tobacco, leather and unsweetened dark chocolate. Very fine.
Sobon Estate 2002 Old Vines Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))
Shows why this part of the Foothills has achieved such a stellar reputation for Zin. It’s a big wine, packed with sweet cherry, black raspberry, pepper and smoky vanilla flavors, but drinks balanced and gentle.
Sobon Estate 1997 Vintner's Selection Zinfandel (Amador County)
A bright and luscious wine with marvelous balance and ripe raspberry/blackberry/black-cherry fruit that just keeps coming at you. The finish is deep and rich, with long-layered flavors. Simply an outstanding Zinfandel: a Sierra Foothills classic. Best Buy.
Sobon Estate 2005 Zinfandel (Fiddletown)
Lovely mountain Zin, showing a briary, brambly quality to intensely flavored wild blackberries, blueberries and cherry liqueur. There also are tiers of peppery spices, licorice, chocolate mint and soy. Polished and dry, this fine, complex Zinfandel is drinking well now.
Sobon Estate 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon (Amador County)
There’s beautiful blackberry and cassis fruit in this Cab, undergirded by a rich, coffee-infused earthiness. It’s completely dry and the tannins are fairly fierce, but nothing a good steak can’t negotiate. In fact, it’s a great food wine, classy and understated. The best Sobon Cab ever and a great value.
Sobon Estate 2000 Rocky Top Zinfandel (Shenandoah Valley (CA))
A very distinctive Zin that has that purity of flavor and individuality that tells you it comes from a particular piece of earth. It’s dry and earthy-rich, with finely ground tannins reminiscent of espresso.
Sobon Estate 2012 Lubenko Zinfandel (Fiddletown)
This full-bodied but nicely balanced and dry Zin has cedar and nutmeg aromas that waft over earthy, wild blackberry and cedar flavors. The texture is smooth and slightly tannic, and the finish lingers.
Sobon Estate 2012 Old Vines Zinfandel (Amador County)
A solid, middleweight Zinfandel, this emphasizes sophisticated, toasty, spicy oak aromas. The oak doesn’t overwhelm, however, but enhances the ripe boysenberry flavors, juicy acidity and lingering finish. Enjoyably tannic, this will pair well with grilled lamb, steak and chicken.