2006 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel

Price: $12.99 @ K&L Wines

What They Said:

2006 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel Per K&L Wines “Rocky Top Tennessee may be home sweet home to Lynn Anderson, but Rocky Top in Amador is home to some fine old Zinfandel vines, and that’s good news for all of us! A very shy producing vineyard with soils of volcanic ash and boulders, this site produces old vine Zinfandel of immense proportions. The very floral, vanilla and raspberry jam aromas are very forward and inviting. The flavors match the aromas, with a rich juicy component. The finish is long and velvety-rich.”

What I Think:

For those that say twitter doesn’t sell wine like Steve Heimoff, here is a firm example of where it does. After coming across @sobonwine hearing about their wines my curiosity was piqued. This led me to K&L Wines where I paid for this bottle of Rocky Top with money. Wow a real example of selling something on twitter… Oh, by the way Dell also made a little bit of money via twitter. But I digress, let’s get to the wine.

This wine is 92% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Syrah, 2% Carignane and 2% Barbera. K&L nicely describes the terroir of this wine above. On the nose you are greeted with rich aromas of dark berries and dusty mocha chocolate. On the palate you are greeted with more purple fruits; plums and blackberries, with a slightly tart cherry component that along with the tannins keeps this wine in perfect balance. The finish was long, velvety and delightful. This is the best Zinfandel I have been introduced to in a while and another reminder that I need to get out and visit Amador County (and Lodi too!) soon. There are a ton of interesting wines coming out of the area that are friendly on the pocketbook. This one is a great example of that and I highly recommend it for Zindependence Day. What are you drinking tomorrow?

Rating: Wow!

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5 thoughts on “2006 Sobon Estate Rocky Top Zinfandel

  1. Jason,
    Couldn’t find any 2006 Bogle Petite Sirah. Ony the 2007. So, 86′d the Bogle plan and went with Independence Day’s plan B which was the Delas 2007 St Esprit Cotes du Rhone with BBQ chicken, toasted sour dough, salad and corn on the cob and family and close friends….75% syrah, 25% grenache–light,n expressive spice, pepper and opulent plum running on a long beam of bright cherry. Joyful. Bulk Buy/Wow! $9.99 at my local SoCal wine merchant in Orange. Wine Advocate 90. Very memorable.

  2. @leon definitely plan on making that way in the next few months. Will let you know when I get a date sorted out so I can take you up on the offer.

    @Danny Consider the Delas added to my watch list!

  3. @Jason, K&L Wine Merchants in your area is currently carrying the Delas on its web site as a Featured Selection @ $9.99. Just a friendly note from one of your “watch list” fans.

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