Jim and Barbara Emmons were raising horses on their property in Riebli Valley, northeast of Fountain Grove, selling fruit from a 4.5-acre parcel of vines before they realized its value in 1978. Several Italian neighbors believed the dry-farmed vines were more than 100 years old, and several wineries began to seek out their fruit, including DeLoach, which started making a Riebli Zin in 2005. Brian Maloney includes a little petite sirah from the same site in the blend, fermenting it separately from the zinfandel. Together, those grapes produce a bright, spicy red, with flavors of briary blackberry and wild blueberry. It’s cool and intense, a clean zinfandel that keeps its gamey side at bay without hiding it completely.
Elegant, offering fine-grained flavors of cherry tart and dried raspberry, with well-knit hints of pomegranate. Accents of nutmeg and ground Asian spice emerge on the plush finish. Drink now through 2023.
Ripe and powerful, featuring flavors of dark plum, currant and black olive that are loaded with Asian spice notes. Hints of chocolate and cream emerge on the richly textured finish, with steeped tea details. Drink now through 2024.
Ripe, pristine aromas of black cherry and blackberry introduce this plump, openknit wine. It’s approachably fruity and juicy, framed by soft, feathery tannins and yielding acidity. Hints of dried herb and earth lend savory complexity. It’s ready to drink now, but could hold well though 2024. Best Buy.
Medium ruby-purple in color, the 2016 Pinot Noir Bela's Selection features warm black cherry, licorice, pepper and herbs on the nose plus notions of red and black fruit preserves and earth. Medium-bodied and silky with concentrated spiced fruits, it has a pleasant herbal quality, grainy tannins and a long finish.