You might recall that one of my goals for my blog is to increase my posting frequency from once a week. One of the regular features you can expect going forward is a wine pick of the week, my Winesday post, if you will. My intent is to introduce you to a wine to pair with my recipe of the week. For my first Winesday post, I am really excited to present Sobon Estate 2011 Old Vines Zinfandel.
Sobon Estate is in Amador County, California, which is in the historic gold country of the foothills of the Sierras. The soil in this region is made up of either decomposed granite from the erosion of the Sierra Nevada range or of finely crushed volcanic rock from the Lake Tahoe area, depending on the altitude of the vineyard. Either way, the good drainage and lack of nutrients cause the vines to work hard and send their roots deep into the soil in search of food and water, which stresses the vines and makes for a richer, more deeply flavored Zinfandel.
I discovered this wine at my favorite wine bar, Vie de Boheme and was immediately struck by the fruity, slightly sweet bouquet, reminding me of warm summer days spent picking juicy berries. On the palate, I was impressed with the rich, fruit forward notes of the wine. It bursts with jammy blackberries at first and lingers with a light cocoa finish, likely from the oak barrels it’s aged in.
This Zinfandel pairs perfectly with my Balsamic Raspberry Steak with Goat Cheese, and at under $15 a bottle at retail it’s a real winner. The interplay of berries between the wine and the steak marinade makes for a rich, unforgettable meal. As with anything, enjoy both in moderation to maintain your healthy lifestyle. Get the recipe here and give it a try tonight!