This earthy vineyard-designate from the cooler section of the appellation near Sebastopol is spicy and exotic, bursting in white pepper and cardamom. The bold rich fruit flavors lean into orange peel, rhubarb and pomegranate, complemented well by lingering accents of black tea.
Delicious and exotic fruit flavors light up this elegant, concentrated wine. Rhubarb, black-cherry and spiced plum scents are followed by equally generous fruit flavors and deft touches of spicy oak that add nuances of baking spices and black tea.
Ripe, pristine aromas of black cherry and blackberry introduce this plump, open-knit 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.
Brian Maloney blends this wine from zinfandel grown in the Sonoma and Russian River valleys. It’s zesty, with an iron-oxide undertone to the black fruit. The tannins have the bitter spice of black pepper, and firm up the wine’s round structure. Built for beef.
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.