StateWays - May/June 2016

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55 StateWays n n May/June 2016 true to the soils they come from. 100% dry-farmed. Williams has also been farming organically since 1988. Frog's Leap Zinfandel is layered with boy- senberry, fleshy strawberry and a small touch of spice. Williams also blends in Petite Sirah and Carignan, bringing more depth and structure. A steal al the price! ($35) (92) Macchia Zinfandel Adventurous 2014 (Amador, CA). A bold full-bodied spicy-pepper laden Zinfandel that is still kept in check by nice vanilla notes and a luscious texture. A wine for a true hedonist. The rich, ripe red fruit and pepper are built to stand up to bold and powerful dishes. ($25) (92) Storybook Mayacamus Range 2012. Classic old-style Zinfandel that's chock full of mouth-filling briar, red plum and black pepper. Decanting first will help round out the edges. Try it with a leg of lamb slathered in rosemary and garlic. ($40) (92) Rock Wall Hendry Vineyard Zinfan- del 2012 (Napa Valley, CA). Dark fruit aroma. Flavors of plum, blackberry and pepper. Good mouthfeel. Substantial tannins lead to a long finish $24.99 Four Stars (91) Dashe 2013 (Dry Creek Valley, California). One of the most pure expressions of Zinfandel I've ever tasted. Hand-tended vineyards, native yeast fermentation, no fining or filter- ing. This wine rocks. Dark and ripe with incredible silky rich texture and bursting at the seams with blueberry cobbler, black cherry juice, and hints of mocha. Love this wine with just about anything. It's one of my go-tos! ($19.99) (91) Oak Ridge Zinfandel Res 2012 (Lodi, CA). Deep purple in color, a concen- trated, full-bodied Zinfandel that has expressive aromas and flavors of plumb, raspberry and black cherry. The bold, rich mouthfeel provides a finish that is smooth and expansive. ($27) (91) Sobon Zinfandel Paul's Vineyard 2014 (Amador, CA). Powerful dark fruit up front, and a touch of oak, emerge from this smooth Zinfandel. It finishes with a subtle savory notes and a nice tannic fin- ish that gives the wine balance. ($25) (91) Machia Zinfandel Mischievous 2014 (Lodi, CA). This high-octane Zinfandel has a dense structure coming from old vines in Lodi. Full-bodied, and bold with intense blackberry and raspberry notes that are rounded out by aging in small oak casks. ($22) (91) Sobon Zinfandel Fiddletown 2014 (Amador, CA). A complex Zinfan- del that combines both elegance and power in its bold flavors of raspberry, blackberry, cassis and smoke. The agile smooth mouthfeel and a balancing lush texture provide a very well-structured, long-lasting, finish. ($22) (91) Sextant Zinfandel Wheelhouse 2014 (Paso Robles, CA). Bold and powerful flavors of red currant, black pepper and rich raspberry are complemented by a judicious use of oak. This is a wine for hedonists with over-the-top body, structure and tannins. ($23) (90) Sobon Zinfandel Rocky Top 2013 (Lodi, CA). Elegant notes of black- berry, plum and cinnamon dominate the palate and nose. Oak notes are evident and used to provide more structure for the ripe fruit and smooth tannins. ($19)

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