2013 Sobon Estate "Rocky Top" Amador County Zinfandel

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A very shy producing vineyard with soils of volcanic ash and boulders, this site produces old vine Zinfandel of immense proportions.

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/10/2016 | Send Email
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Nestled on a Southwest facing hillside in one of the higher elevations (near 3000 feat) in the Sierra foothills is a vineyard that was planted before the turn of the last century by the original owners, D’Agostini family. Bought by Leon Sobon (Shenandoan Vineyards) in the early 1990s, this estate has produced some incredible Zinfandels from that location, if not from all of California. This 2013 is stunning wine, if not amazing Zinfandel. Deeply colored, the nose explodes with rich, opulent bouquet of classic Sierra foothill spicy white pepper to plumy notes with an almost granite to lava-like mineral note that stretches across its broad, succulent, viscous palate presentation. Well integrated, soft and silky, and showing wonderful depth of flavor, this Gem will be one of our house reds for the next year or two according to Rusty. Don’t miss great Zin! IINCREDIBLE VALUE! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2025

Staff Image By: Dave Genevro | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2016 | Send Email
Sobon Estate never ceases to amaze me...How can they offer such great wines at even greater prices?! An expressive bottling for 2013 if there ever was one. Great snappy red berry fruits like cranberry and raspberries, a surprising light weight body, a smooth and elegant length, with that classic licorice/fennel spice that is in the classic Rocky Top style! I do not have to come close to spending $20 on a very food friendly, versatile wine, too. This continues and will continue to be my crowd-pleasing go-to for everyday enjoyment and entertaining.
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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

United States

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Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5