With a little Petite Sirah and Carignane blended in for depth and complexity, this is a nice Zinfandel for everyday drinking. It’s dry and full-bodied, and while the tannins are strong, they're perfect for busting up rich barbecue. Shows all the fruity spiciness you expect from a lusty Zin.
A big, strong, spicy Zinfandel, packed with wild berry, currant, licorice, cola, clove and white pepper flavors that finish dry and tannic. Drink this potent wine with barbecued pork, chicken and beef, slathered in spicy sauce.
Give this Mendocino-grown Riesling a bit more flavorful concentration, and it would be in the top ranks. As it is, it’s still refreshing, a bone dry, crisp white with peach and honeysuckle flavors.
This bold, muscular Zin boasts overpowering flavors of wild berries and high alcohol. It’s strong, assertive and dry. There’s something old-fashioned about it, like great-grandpa made it, and did a pretty good job. —S.H.
They say the vines are 68 years old, and they certainly produced a dense, concentrated young Zin. It’s like the liquid essence of raspberries, cherries and blackberries, enriched with a dusting of cinnamon, cocoa, coffee and nutmeg. The finish is completely dry. One problem: acidity is very low, making the wine soft and a little medicinal.
Although this Zinfandel is technically dry, it tastes sweet, like a black cherry tart complexed with cinnamon, brown sugar, anise, vanilla and a splash of rum. The richness is balanced by firm tannins and good acidity. Still, that sweetness reprises on the finish, with a hit of port. Ready now.
Something of a fruit bomb, with massive cherry, raspberry, currant, mocha and granola flavors, wrapped into a lightly tannic body. Brisk acidity fortunately provides balance to the fruit. Drink now.