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 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 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 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 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 2009 Rezerve Primitivo (Amador County)
Yes this is a big boy but its chocolate and espresso mixed with dark caramel are so well defined, so bold that anyone looking for a serious example of mountain Primitivo need look no farther. The wine’s cherry flavors are vibrantly balanced between an intensity of layered darkness and complexity.
Sobon Estate 2005 Rocky Top Zinfandel (Amador County)
Nice, smooth Zin, achieving a balance of ripeness and dryness. Shows the exuberance of Amador fruit, with blackberry, black cherry, licorice and mocha flavors that finish with a scour of briary tannins.