Bottle Notes, Zinfandel

Zinfandel of the Month – 2015 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County

Zinfandel of the Month is a regular feature on Zinfandel Chronicles. Keep in mind that although the Zinfandel of the Month might be an older bottle, the current vintage will be one you can find at retail or via the mailing list.

The February Zinfandel of the Month is the 2015 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel Amador County.

The Sobon Estate winery started in 1989 when Leon and Shirley Sobon bought each other a second winery for their 30th wedding anniversary present. They purchased the historic D’Agostini Winery, one of the oldest in the state. This winery has been designated as California State Historic Landmark #762. This site was chosen not only for its historical winery, but also for its vineyards and vineyard land. The old vine Zinfandel was retained, and the other vineyards replanted with the best varieties and clones.

Light crimson in color. 14.9% ABV. Delightful nose of black fruits, cocoa powder, pepper and earth. Medium body with just the right amount of acidity. Bright fruits burst from the glass on this claret style Zinfandel. Blackberry, black cherry ad pepper on the palate. The finish is long and spicy. Completely over delivers at the $13 price point. Delicious and easy to drink. Best over the next 2-3 years.

My rating: 89 points.

Certainly one of the best Zins under $15 from California rivaling the Marietta OVR and Ravenswood Appellation Series. I’d consider buying this by the case.

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