From SF head east

Rombauer, California, Zinfandel 2006 This has always been on the very rich end of Zin styles with perceptible residual sugar – nonetheless a crowd-pleaser. This vintage follows the same path. The fruit is 59% Amador, 24% Napa, 11% lake and 6% El Dorado Counties. V&B in St. Helena 15.5% $27.99 at Traverso’s Rombauer

Van Ruiten, Lodi, Estate Grown, Petite Sirah 2004 This winery has been rising on the radar screen. We had a great visit there organized by Mark Chandler a few years ago where we tasted a number of very good wines. This is on the pruny side with a sweet and ripe expression of the grape that still delivers the tannic structure you would expect of Petite with some refreshing acidity. Estate bottled in Lodi 14.5% $18.99 at the winery Van Ruiten

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
This entry was posted in Amador County, California, El Dorado County, Lake County, Napa Valley, Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply