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2011 Shenandoah ReZerve Paul's Vineyard Zin
90 Points  -  Finalist  -  Highly Recommended!

"Bright ruby red color. The nose is wonderfully complex revealing layers of ripe red fruits with black plum, tea berry, and cocoa. The palate is equal to the nose in every way offering lush and ripe fruit married with hints of vanilla, baking spices, and sweet oak. A real blockbuster of a Zin. Excellent."  - June 2014 - Ultimate Wine Challenge

"A Standout" "This lovely wine was a great complement to the meal of braised short ribs ... providing us with authentic flavors of the fruit....  With its deep ruby color and amazing bouquet of ripe cherries and plums, the finish lingered on the palate and made us wish we had another bottle. It was truly one of the finest Zins we have enjoyed in a long time."
 UTsandiego.com-
July 28, 2014

2011 Sobon ReZerve Zin - 94 Points!
"Garnet Color.  Aromas of chocolate graham crackers and raspberry custard dart with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a long, spicy blueberry cobler, mineral, and nut finish.   A delicious and robustly balanced example of what Amador zin is all about." - May 12, 2014 - www.tastings.com

2011 Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel - 93 Points! Best Buy!
"Garnet Color.  Aromas of baked berries, mint, nut brittle, and clay with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a zesty, exotic spice, blood orange, and eucalyptus accented finish. Vibrantly delicious."- May 12, 2014 - www.tastings.com

2012 Sobon Old Vines Zinfandel - 87 Points! Best Buy!
"Garnet Color.  Aromas of toffee, berry tart, and seared bacon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy currant, melon, spiced nut, and tobacco accented finish."- May 12, 2014 - www.tastings.com

2011 Sobon Barbera - 89 Points! Best Buy!
"Red Brick color.  Oak driven aromas of nuts, leather, dried cherries, and clay with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy craisin, spice, beet and earth nuanced finish. A nice meshing of old world and new world styles that will be geat at the table.- May 12, 2014 - www.tastings.com

2013 Sobon Viognier - 99 Points!
"This is one of the best viogniers we’ve tasted in a long time! Fresh tropical fruit, peach, pear, honeysuckle and fresh meadow (after a rain) aromas belt you in the nose. This wine has wonderful character – spicy, feisty, zesty and a palate you wish would never end. If you want to taste what a true viognier should taste like, buy this!" - May 2014 www.justwinepoints.com

2012 Shenandoah Verdelho - 96 Points!
"Really pretty nose of apples, peach, pear, apricots, citrus blossoms and honey, with light touches of white licorice and Oak. Crisp, clean and refreshing on the palate, this is a well -balanced wine with fresh fruit flavors leading to a nice, long, lingering finish." - May 2014, www.justwinepoints.com

2013 Sobon ReZerve Rose - 97 Points!
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Nice stone fruit, citrus, cherry, strawberry and raspberry aromas wrapped in light floral notes. A perfect summertime wine, this is a well-crafted, fresh, fruity and delicious wine that goes down very easily on a warm/hot evening. Stock up - buy this by the case!" - May 2014 www.justwinepoints.com

2011 Sobon ReZerve Tannat - 96 Points!
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Not many wineries make a straight tannat, and even fewer make it well. This is a great example of what can be done to a grape variety known to be stiff, hard and tannic. Opposite of expectations, this is a smooth, rich, velvety wine with sweet black fruit flavors mingling with plum pie, vanilla and oak, leading to a super soft lingering finish. Give this a try!"- May 2014 - www.justwinepoints.com

2011 Sobon ReZerve Primitivo - 95 Points!
"Nice aromas of black raspberry, plum, blackberry, chocolate, oak and prune, with hints of cocoa and mulberry. Well-balanced, this structurally-sound wine could use a little time to open and show its true character. The fruit came out more on the second day of tasting, so decant or give it some time in the glass before drinking." - May 2014 - www.justwinepoints.com

2011 Sobon ReZerve Zin - 95 Points!
"Nice aromas of black raspberry, plum, blackberry, chocolate, oak and prune, with hints of cocoa and mulberry. Well-balanced, this structurally-sound wine could use a little time to open and show its true character. The fruit came out more on the second day of tasting, so decant or give it some time in the glass before drinking." - May 2014 - www.justwinepoints.com

2012 Sobon Old Vines Zinfandel - 91 Points!
"Blackberry, raspberry, cola, black tea/burnt coffee and a good dose of oak on the nose. This wine benefitted from sitting on the counter overnight, as more fruit came out and less oak on the palate. It’s an everyday drinker and well-balanced, if you like a lot of oak in your Zins." - May 2014 - www.justwinepoints.com

2011 Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel - 90 Points!
"Black raspberry, blackberry, cherry and cola aromas are muffled in oak, vanilla and cocoa. The spicy palate offers the same in a wine you wish had just a little less oak to let the fresh dark fruit come out. Still, it’s a well-made wine with a long lingering finish." - May 2014 - www.justwinepoints.com

2010 Shenandoah ReZerve Paul's Vineyard Zin
91 Points!

Year's Best Zinfandels!
 - Feb. 2014 - wineandspiritsmagazine.com

We're featured in Sacramento Magazine! - Visit Amador County - sacmag.com, September, 2011, page 51

We are noted in the Green Wine book! - guide to California's green(est) wineries & vineyards. - published 2010 www.greenwinebook.com

Sobon Zin Gets "Exception Nod" from Wine Expert Darrell Corti in Wall Street Journal - Corti famously banned wines over 14.5% alcohol. But in the WSJ article he admits he makes an exception for Sobon Estate Zinfandel.  "But it's all right," Corti adds. "It's my rule. I can break it." - April 18, 2010, Wall Street Journal, Food & Drink Section

 
 
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