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.— S.H.
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.— S.H.
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.— L.W.
While full bodied and flavorful, this wine is not overdone. It has tempting oak aromas, and mellow fruit and spice flavors that are layered. It also offers a velvet texture that’s soothing and saturated with fine tannins, and a lingering finish.— J.G.
A fascinating wine from one of the oldest wineries in the Sierra Foothills, this has deep boysenberry and blackberry aromas. Flavors include allspice, cardamom and black cherries, with a meaty nuance. Medium to full bodied, it’s not a monster Zin but distinctive and clearly delicious.— J.G.
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.— S.H.
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.— S.H.
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.— S.H.