2012 Hobo Wine Company, Zinfandel, Branham Vineyard, Rockpile AVA, Sonoma County.
Small lot hand crafted wines are what Hobo Wine Company is all about and this Branham Vineyard Zinfandel is great example of what they do best. The grapes come from the Branham vines in the Rockpile area, one of Sonoma’s top Zinfandel sites near Lake Sonoma north of Dry Creek. This is California’s hottest and most fashionable Zin AVA these days with a great mix of climate, exposure and rocky soils this is prime Zinfandel country and an almost guarantee of quality in the bottle. The Hobo Rockpile is lush, richly textured and dark hued with black raspberry, framboise and plum upfront with minty spice, cinnamon and cedar adding zest. This is ripe, but balanced at 14.1% alcohol and highlights the vintage very well, but is not over the top and offers a stylish complexity and elegance even to this entertaining wine, drink 2014-2018.
($25 Est.) 92+ Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($23.95)