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YEAR'S BEST US ZINFANDELS & MIXED BLACKS
92 | Ridge

$35

2017 Dry Creek Valley Guadagni Zinfandel (Best Buy) ^ A cool, zesty zin, this gets
its deep purple color from 15 percent petite
sirah. Its red fruit lasts with a light tomatoskin spice that immediately brings food to
mind, whether pasta pomodoro or anchovy
pizza. (W&S 10/19; 1,150 cases) § -J.G.

520337

90 | Wilson

$60

90 | Wilson

$38

2017 Dry Creek Valley Reserve Sawyer Vineyard Zinfandel ^ This wine glides
through its supple sour-cherry flavors, balancing the sweetness of its fruit with the tart
bitterness of cherry pits. It's rich and gentle
in the middle, then lasts on spicy notes that
keep it dynamic. Pour it with a Moroccan tagine of lamb and eggplant. (207 cases) § -J.G.
520139
2016 Dry Creek Valley Ellie's Petite Sirah ^
This wine's creamy texture makes the primary impression, that oak influence backed
by generous black fruit and violet scents. This
is a polished petite sirah with plenty of intensity and power. Decant it for brisket now, or
put it away for a few years. (217 cases) § -J.G.

F O U N TA I N G R O V E
DISTRICT
520405

91 | Russian River Vyds.

520264

91 | Dry Creek Vineyard

$35

90 | Quivira

$50

2017 Dry Creek Valley Old Vine Zinfandel
(Best Buy) ^ A brisk, cool and zesty red with
gentle rose scents that last, this wine delivers all of its energy when first opened. The
texture is generous, carrying its full share of
alcohol, the wine ready to serve with grilled
lamb. (1,500 cases) § -J.G.
520146
2017 Dry Creek Valley Black Boar Zinfandel ^ Scents of barbecue smoke introduce this
tense and floral zinfandel. It's earthy and
rich, the smokiness melding with the scents
of a flower garden. Serve it with roasted peppers stuffed with veal. (662 cases) § -J.G.
517931

90 | Ridge

$35

2017 Dry Creek Valley Rancho Lambert
Zinfandel (Best Buy) ^ This wine's youthful
fruit brings simple flavors of strawberry and
raspberry to the fore, boosted by smoky oak
scents. The tannins paint it black while the
alcohol sweetens the fruit impression and
drives the warm finish. Cellar this for a few
years, then decant it well before you start up
the grill. (W&S 10/19; 590 cases) § -J.G.
520388

90 | V. Sattui

$45

2017 Dry Creek Valley Ramazzotti Vineyard Zinfandel ^ Black-cherry intensity
courses through this wine, carrying scents
of candied violets and oak in its wake. The
tannins have the fat and gamey richness of a
mutton chop, the ripe fruit lasting, dark and
clean. (1,094 cases) § -J.G.
520142
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$45

2016 Fountaingrove District Wedge Family Vineyard Petite Sirah ^ Giovanni Balistreri makes this wine from a vineyard planted
on volcanic ash, where petite grows into a
black wine tinged with midnight-blue highlights. There's some floral spice up front,
then the flavors are a black line-drive, juicy
and powerful. Give it four or five years to
mellow in the cellar. § -J.G.

ROCKPILE
518048

93 | Ridge

$36

2017 Sonoma County Rockpile Botticelli
Vineyard (Best Buy) ^ Ulises Valdez manages
this vineyard, on a hillside rising from 1,000
to 1,240 feet toward Rockpile Peak. He farms
zinfandel and petite sirah that John Olney
makes into this fresh and juicy blend, which
layers floral, zinny-red fruit over the darker
tones of petite's fruit-skin blackness. Remarkably light and airy for all its spice and fruit
richness, this is quaffable as a young wine yet
has the staying power to age. (W&S 10/19;
1,200 cases) § -J.G.
520141

93 | Wilson

$60

2017 Rockpile Rockpile Vineyards Zinfandel ^ If you have to say Rockpile twice, both for
the appellation and the vineyard, you might
expect this wine to be a mineral bath. But you
might not expect those tannins to yield such
a delicious, youthfully playful red. This glows
with sunny fruit through the layers of black
plum skin, meaty brisket notes and lasting
licorice spice. The fragrant complexity develops over the course of several days, beautifully rich. (323 cases) § -J.G.

90 | Hobo

$30

90 | Pezzi King

$60

2017 Rockpile Branham Rockpile Vineyard Zinfandel (Best Buy) ^ As rocky in its
tannins as the appellation would suggest, this
zin saturates those tannins with transparent
red-cherry-skin flavors. The alcohol doesn't
feel warm, but it does give the wine a liqueurlike buzz. Target the rocky tannins at roast
baby lamb. (300 cases) § -J.G.
520201
2017 Rockpile Reserve Florence Vineyard
Zinfandel ^ Warm raspberry flavors and a
cologne-like floral spice infuse this zin's velvety texture. It takes at least a day of air to
reach that textural integration, starting out
with forward tannins that lend the wine a
brittle black density before the fleshy richness takes over. The tension in the tannins
lasts, ready to carry this wine for years in the
cellar. (250 cases) § -J.G.

RUSSIAN RIVER VALLEY
517933

95 | Ridge

$35

92 | Foppiano

$45

92 | Hartford

$60

2017 Russian River Valley Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel (Best Buy) ^ A roseate red,
this is the pinot noir of zinfandel. The variety
accounts for 98 percent of the blend (there's
only a touch of petite sirah) and the wine
transforms the thin skins of zin into a delicate, transparent structure, displaying clarity
in the tannins with notes of raspberry seeds
and crushed black peppercorns. It has the
kind of tannins that would meld into eggplant tapenade with grilled lamb. The lasting flavors of raspberry and apple skin glow
red, the wine's energy and stamina pumped
up with luscious grape gentleness. A California beauty. (W&S 10/19; 1,900 cases) § -J.G.
520176
2016 Russian River Valley Gianna's Block
Petite Sirah ^ Paul Foppiano farms this parcel of petite sirah planted in 1970, the vines
mixed in with some zinfandel and carignane.
The vineyard produced a sumptuous 2016,
with layers of dark fruit over earthy tannins.
The fruit has a touch of grape sweetness,
while the formidable tannins gird the wine.
This is built to last. (315 cases) § -J.G.
520315
2018 Russian River Valley Old Vine
Jolene's Vineyard Zinfandel ^ Youthful and
earthy, this wine starts with a blast of cherry
and trumpet-mushroom flavor. For all its
power, the wine is tight, the finish hinting
at flowering herbs and roses. Impressively
structured, this will prove itself with five or
six years in the cellar. (280 cases) § -J.G.


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