*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from Sobon Estate.
Fall is in full swing here in the DC area. Actually, yesterday I thought perhaps winter was coming…it’s too early for that though, give me fall back! There’s nothing I like more when the whether turns crisp and cool than hearty stews, casseroles, and red wines. Except maybe fresh apple cider. I love hot fresh apple cider. Anyway, the wine. I picked the 2007 Sobon Estate Old Vine Zinfandel to go with our homemade pizza dinner the other night while my friend Feisty was visiting. It had a screw cap closure, hails from Amador County, clocked in at 14.9% alcohol by volume, and looks to retail for as low as $9!
On the nose I found spice, cranberry, cherry, dates, pepper, and red fruit. In the mouth I got cranberry, cherry, red berries, spice, blackberries, and some smoked wood on the finish. The wine had some nice tannins and structure and overall I liked the juicy nature of the wine. For $9 this is a steal for a Zinfandel. I first came across Sobon Estate on Twitter and then purchased their Sauvignon Blanc at Total Wine, which I enjoyed. Since then, the folks at Sobon sent me a tasting pack and I’ve found the wines to be excellent values. Perfect for everyday and would be great for parties!