This brooding, yummy red is like a dark chocolate truffle with a cherry in the center melting in your mouth.
Resident wine expert Sandra Silfven on all things vino
St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel Sonoma County 2008, $19: If you have a few extra bucks, you’ll find this wine is worth the toll. It’s the benchmark for Old Vines Zins with its intense dark cherries, dark plums, licorice, lots of black pepper and vanilla off the oak. It’s the perfect pairing with a juicy … Continue Reading →
Windmill Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2010, $12-$14: It’s not often you find an old vine California Zinfandel at this price. But the Phillips family has farmed this land long enough for lots of things, including vines, to be old. The sixth generation is running the winery at the 160-acre homestead in Lodi that dates to … Continue Reading →
Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County 2010, $16-$18: Artezin – think the art of Zinfandel – was created when the Hess Collection in Napa decided to add a Zinfandel to its line in 2005. The grapes are sourced from the super ZIP codes for Zins, being Mendocino and Amador counties and Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The latest … Continue Reading →
How much sweeter can business be for California’s Cupcake Vineyards? The selection of wines under this brand keeps growing, and popularity is soaring. Eric Novak, wine buyer for Hiller’s, says the brand has more momentum than any other in his stores. “I devote as much space to them as I can,” he said this week. … Continue Reading →