I found this wine at “Total Wine and More” which is a wine superstore that I recently discovered near my house. I have never seen such a humongous liquor store in my life and I have yet to discover something that they don’t carry. On top of that they have wine tastings for 10 cents and if you sign up for newletters they even send you updates and coupons via email! You can tell I’m pretty excited about this place…
So I am a pretty indecisive person when it comes to purchasing pretty much anything, because I like to think about every aspect of my buy. Despite my calm exterior, as I peruse the aisles I’m asking myself: Is this exactly what I want? Is this a reasonable price for what I’m getting? Will I be sad if I were to leave it behind and later think “why didn’t I just buy it???”? Of course the same process also applies to shopping for wine.
The Sobon Estate 2009 Zinfandel was recommended to me by one of the employees in the store after I told him exactly what I was looking for: a red wine with a deep flavor, fruity aroma, and a smooth finish. This wine is from Amador County, and a quick google search revealed that Amador County is renowned for its Zinfandel. Some of the vines are more than 125 years old, and their Zinfandel vineyards are believed to be one of the oldest in America! The wine itself is truly amazing. The first thing I noticed is that the smell is mesmerizing. Its not just fruity (fruity makes me think light and simple), but has a complex, almost musky smell to it. The flavor is bold, and its very clear that this wine come from no ordinary grapes. This is really a taste of history! The alcohol content is 14.9%, which is higher than the normal 12%, but the bite from the alcohol is well hidden by the richness of the wine. The bottle also has a screw cap, which is wonderful for those of us with lower tolerances (you guessed it! its me) and will need quite some time to see the bottom of the bottle.
Currently I am blissfully sporting the finest glow, thanks to this wonderful Zinfandel! For $12.99 this wine has been worth every penny. Thank you for this amazing find, Total Wine!