From one of the pioneering families of this endangered appellation in greater L.A., a true old-style California Port. Smells rich and inviting, with true Port character, and drinks full, lush and rich in the mouth. Hard to exaggerrate how delicious and fine this sweet wine is. Enjoy with your best chocolate dessert, or on its own. Editors’ Choice.
Intensely sweet and super-drinkable, this Sherry-style wine has a light, creamy texture with potent flavors of white chocolate, raspberry honey, tangerine zest, vanilla crème brûlée and dusty spices. It’s a gorgeous wine, a perfect way to end a great dinner with dainty little dessert pastries.
Pretty plush, with a racy blend of black cherry, blackberry, cola, cassis, anise and herb flavors. They’re couched in tangy acidity and smooth, rich tannins. Big yet elegant—really ripe, really good.
From 100-year-old vines on the De Ambrogio Ranch that yielded a scant half-ton per acre, this is a full-throttle (some might say over-the-top) Zin that clocks in at 15.5% alcohol. Thick, rich and intense, it features chocolate and prune flavors that turn a bit earthy and tannic.
From old vines, this is a sumptuous Zin, packed with wild berry, chocolate, pepper, tobacco and herb aromas and flavors. Bone-dry, it features a scour of tannins that suggests age-ability. This round, balanced wine is soft enough to drink now. —S.H.
Veers toward the overripe end, with raisiny aromas alongside the spicy, berry ones, and curranty flavors that finish hot and peppery. Yet with its dry mouthfeel and softly lush texture, it defines a style that many will like. High alcohol makes it heady and strong.
Tannic, full-bodied and very dry. The blackberry, coffee and spice flavors are rewarding, and the wine is nicely balanced with acidity. This is a classic warm country California Zin, and will likely age.
This is an easy-drinking Port-style wine for drinking now. It’s light in color and body and quite sweet, with sugared blackberry, chocolate and orange flavors. Really lovely in its own way with chocolate desserts.