Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Cougar Hill 2003

External Review by Premier Wine & Spirits:

Appreciate this wine for what it is: magnificently distinct, a wine that stands on its own. Dry and earthy, not too alcoholic, it's quintessential Sierra Zin. It's almost your patriotic duty pt respect it.

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Sobon Estate:
Shenandoah Vineyards and Sobon Estate are family-owned wineries with a 32-year reputation for producing the best possible wines using low-yield viticulture and minimum intervention wine making techniques. Sobon Family Wines emphasize high fruit and low tannins, and are made with our own sustainably-grown grapes. They reflect the unique Shenandoah Valley terroir, resulting in a richness and i... Read more
Shenandoah Vineyards and Sobon Estate are family-owned wineries with a 32-year reputation for producing the best possible wines using low-yield viticulture and minimum intervention wine making techniques. Sobon Family Wines emphasize high fruit and low tannins, and are made with our own sustainably-grown grapes. They reflect the unique Shenandoah Valley terroir, resulting in a richness and intensity rarely seen elsewhere. Award-winning Sobon wines are distributed nationally. Both wineries are open daily for wine tasting in the picturesque Amador County near Plymouth, CA. Read less

External Reviews for Sobon Estate Zinfandel Amador County Cougar Hill

External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Appreciate this wine for what it is: magnificently distinct, a wine that stands on its own. Dry and earthy, not too alcoholic, it's quintessential Sierra Zin. It's almost your patriotic duty pt respect it.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A very stylish and likable wine with very forward aromas. The flavors are rich and full with a deep and lingering finish. Made entirely from organically grown grapes.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Made entirely from organically grown grapes, this stylish wine has very forward berry-like aromas and flavors that are rich and full with a deep lingering finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

A plush textured wine, it shows intriguing hints of bacon, vanilla and caramel, in addition to the primary plum, black cherry, cola and herbs notes. Tea and smoke bring up the rear.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Just this side of dry, this is a round, soft, polished Zin, rich in cherry, cassis, coffee and milk chocolate flavors, with a pleasantly spicy, peppery finish. It's a lush wine with a small percent of Syrah.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Forward and easy in cherry, currant, raspberry, tangerine zest, cola and peppery spice flavors, this Zin has a gentle texture. There's also a wealth of firm, dusty tannins that could help the wine age for a few years.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
05/23/2011

Zinfandel is the one red varietal that I absolutely cannot escape. I try to pick other types, but I usually return to Zin. In this case it is the Sobon Estate Cougar Hill Zin, I loved its deep, sweet fruit aromas of blueberries and loganberries. It is a very well balanced wine, melding flavors of dark berries and cocoa powder with a touch of vanillin oak to smooth out the finish. The immense fruit is balanced by a perfect acidity and subtle tannic backbone. The trend, as of late, is to amp up the alcohol content in California Zins to astronomical levels, some nearing 17%. That is a little extreme for my taste; the Cougar Hill Zin is a little more restrained at 14.2%. The fruit-forward style is great for summer foods, especially smoky barbecue.


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