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YEAR'S BEST US ZINFANDELS & MIXED BLACKS
SONOMA COUNTY AVA

firm. If you open it now, give it several hours
in a decanter to loosen up; it's structured for
long aging. (520 cases) § -J.G.
520234

89 | Seghesio

$26

2018 Sonoma County Zinfandel (Best
Buy) ^ Silky and round, this wine is warm and
heady, with charry cherry and baked blackberry flavors and a lanolin note that directs
it toward lamb stew. § -J.G.

CE N TRAL C OAST
520514

94 | Lone Madrone

520471

90 | Bear Flag

$30

2017 Sonoma County Zinfandel (Best
Buy) ^ Clean and bright, this is luscious
and juicy, the wine's alcohol putting a lasting red glow on the cherry fruit and roseate florals. The flavors feel full without any
excess weight, the supple tannins completely
meshed with the fruit. § -J.G.

520285

90 | Kirkland Signature

$10

2017 Sonoma County Old Vine Zinfandel
(Best Buy) ^ The most notable aspect of this
zin is its satin texture, a supple, fine baseline
of tannins that incorporates the alcohol and
fresh, rosy fruit into a clean, refreshing and
pleasantly sweet red. § -J.G.

520469

90 | Mount Peak

WINE & SPIRITS

2015 Adelaida District Bailey Ranch Zinfandel ^ Bailey Ranch is a head-trained zinfandel plot planted in the Adelaida District
in 2000, farmed organically and without irrigation-criteria set by Lone Madrone owner
Neil Collins, who's also been the winemaker
at Tablas Creek since 1991. Finished under
screwcap, this wine is slow to reveal itself, its
dark-berry flavors surfacing from beneath
notes of olive tapenade and dusty pepper. At
day two it starts to sing, weaving its Mediterranean savor into a silky, dark fruit character, the tannins fine but mouth-coating. It's
an altogether exotic experience of zinfandel,
and a delicious pairing for steak with chimichurri. (256 cases) § -P.J.C.
517308

92 | Peachy Canyon

$44

91 | Peachy Canyon

$46

2017 Willow Creek District Willow Zinfandel ^ A classic old-school zin, this offers
so much bramble-berry flavor it borders on
going over the top, only to rein in that fruit
with its acidity. That warm expression gives
it the force to take on ribs. (W&S 10/19; 375
cases) § -P.J.C.
517306
2017 Adelaida District Especial Zinfandel ^ Especial is drawn from Peachy Canyon's
Mustard Springs Vineyard, planted in the
1950s. It's a claret-like wine in 2017, very
savory, with scents of licorice and violet petal,
fennel frond and dill. Its flavors have a ginlike spice in support of dark plum fruit, cool
and languorous; for slow-roasted chicken.
(W&S 10/19; 299 cases) § -P.J.C.

91 | Rabble

$27

91 | Ridge

$35

91 | Wilson Foreigner

$32

90 | Baca

$35

2017 Paso Robles Mossfire Ranch Zinfandel ^ From Paso's warm Estrella District, this
zinfandel is ripe yet savory, with scents of
olive and dark currant, fine-ground pepper
and blackberry. The flavors are just as powerful, delivered on a texture that feels brushy
and windblown. It's a tri-tip wine if there ever
was one. (3,000 cases) § -P.J.C.
520293
2018 Paso Robles Benito Dusi Ranch Zinfandel ^ This is youthfully blunt and wildly
concentrated, with so much cherry and black
currant flavor and oak character that it feels
chewy. Don't touch it for a year; then serve
it with merguez sausages. -P.J.C. §
520484
2018 Contra Costa County Del Barba
Vineyard Zinfandel ^ Wilson Foreigner is a
partnership between Napa-based David Wilson and "foreigner" Chris Alheit, a South
African vintner. They're sourcing fruit
throughout northern California for several
wines, including this one, from an Oakley
vineyard planted in 1910 and managed by
the same family for three generations. It is
a delightful wine in its youth, crunchy in its
sweet cherry and red plum flavors, emphasizing delicacy and charm over heat and power.
It seems years from peak expression; cellar.
(230 cases) § -P.J.C.
520377
2018 Paso Robles Double Dutch Dusi
Vineyard Zinfandel ^ From vineyard plots
dating back to 1945, this is as forward as
zin gets, with pretty plum, ash and bramble scents and sappy fruit flavors. The
tannins feel formidable but fine-grained.
(1,070 cases) § -P.J.C.
520476

$48

2017 Sonoma County Rattlesnake Zinfandel ^ Muscle-bound in its tarry blackberry
concentration, this wine turns luscious with
air, becoming a deep well of flavor, juicy and
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520368
$45

JUNE 2020

90 | Lone Madrone

$45

2015 Paso Robles Old Hat ^ A blend of
about 70 percent zin, the rest petite sirah,
this wine leads with spice-box scents of
cinnamon, mace and clove. An earthy


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