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2012 Sobon Fiddletown Zinfandel - 92 Points!
" This offering was sourced from the Lubenko vineyard, which was planted around 1910 at an elevation of 1,900 feet. The wine is elegant and lively, with aromas of raspberry preserve, red plum, and violet that lead to flavors of dried red fruit, Rainier cherry, and cinnamon; with flourishes of red apple and mint on a polished finish.
Serve it with young, creamy cheeses, grilled tuna, or tomato-based pasta dishes. This is one of those wines that comes alive in the glass the longer it sits, revealing complexities that are not immediately evident — so decanting for an hour, or so, is a must to enjoy its full potential."
- September, 2014 - National Wine Review
2011 Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel - 92 Points!
"The wine is rich and savory, with aromas of dried black cherry, roasted red pepper, and crushed stone followed by flavors of mulberry, dark chocolate-covered almond, and kalamata olive; with hints of sweet cured tobacco and clove rounding out a deep, tangy finish. The wine is full-bodied, with gentle tannins, moderate acids, and subtle oak.... Serve it with hearty fare such as aged cheeses, seared filet mignon, meaty stews, curries, and dark chocolate." - September, 2014 - National Wine Review
2012 Sobon Old Vines Zinfandel
TOP 100 BEST VALUE WINES
IN THE WORLD: #50!
- November 2014
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
2012 Sobon Fiddletown Zinfandel - 90 Points!
"This full-bodied but nicely balanced and dry Zin has cedar and nutmeg aromas that waft over earthy, wild blackberry and cedar flavors. The texture is smooth and slightly tannic, and the finish lingers."
- October, 2014 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide
2012 Sobon Old Vines Zinfandel - 90 Points! Best Buy!
"A solid middleweight Zinfandel, this emphasizes sophisticated, toasty, spicy oak aromas. The oak doesn't overwhelm, however, but enhances the ripe boysenberry flavors, juicy acidity and lingering finish. Enjoyably tannic, this will pair well with girlled lamb, steak and chicken."
- October, 2014 -Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Buying Guide
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
2013 Sobon ReZerve Rose - 97 Points!
"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
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
We're featured in Sacramento Magazine! - Visit Amador County - sacmag.com, September, 2011, page 51
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