2015 Sobon Estate "Rocky Top" Amador County Zinfandel

SKU #1320909 Wine Enthusiast

 This wine is very fruity, concentrated and saturated in terms of flavor and rich and broad in texture. The tannins are quite soft and acidity low so It seems mouth-filling but not heavy on the palate. (JG)  (3/2018)

Wine Spectator

 Briary and a bit untamed, with baked cherry, licorice and dried herb flavors. Drink now through 2022. (TF, Web only-2018)

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Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/30/2018 | Send Email
Super approachable and crowd-pleasing California Zinfandel. Black and dark fruit aromas of blackberries, currants, and sugar plum accompanied by some spice. On the palate, rich fruit and oak notes come through and are accented by soft but broad tannins. Acidity isn't too elevated or low. Would be a great choice with BBQ

Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/15/2017 | Send Email
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Planted before the turn of the last century by the original owners, the d’Agostini family, this old, head-pruned vineyard sits at an elevation site in the Sierra foothills that is one of highest in California (bordering 3000 feet). Yet, it consistently produces one of the riches, most complete and complex Zins to be found domestically, and at an unheard of ridiculously low price. I thought that the 2014 was one of most complete, definitive Zins to come from this estate and that it would be near impossible to duplicate its overall quality; that is, until this 2015 'Rocky Top' showed up at our door. Medium-deep ruby in color, the opulent, magnificent bouquet of blackberry, currants, violets, white pepper, and anise with undertones of cedar, mocha, and lava earthiness minerality, is profoundly distinctive and room-filling set of aromas. In its rich, lush, viscous, well-structured, yet elegant and balanced palate presentation, you will be treated to a complex, silky, round and totally assimilated Zin that has a long, warm, flashy finish. Regardless of price, this remarkable Zinfandel Gem is one of the best available on market, and Rusty and I plan to bring home cases of it for our consumption over the next three to five years. One final quick note: I was lucky enough to get a half of a ton of grapes for two years running, from this vineyard from Leon Sobon in the mid-1990s that, in both years, made some of the best wines that I have ever created. AN AMAZING VALUE - ENJOY!!! ***** 14.5% ABV *****
Drink from 2016 to 2020

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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

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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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