An opaque crimson core lightens to a translucent red ruby at the rim. Dry Creek Valley is arguably the finest appellation for growing the Zinfandel grape and this bottling, made from vines averaging nearly 100 years of age, shows that pedigree. Uplifted scents of raspberry sorbet, white pepper, minerals, and mesquite are enchanting. Rich, fleshy fruit drives the palate impression, with notes of plum, currant, and black cherry popping up. Seamless and eminently gulpable, this red can be enjoyed on its own or with a wide array of bistro fare. Try it the next time you prepare spicy baby back pork ribs – my idea of the perfect match.
MSRP: $32 (December 2016)
Wine Lines rating: 91