Zerba Cellars 2013 Zinfandel, Walla Walla Valley, $45
The prominent letter “Z” emblazoned on Zerba Cellars’ label is the perfect symbol for the Walla Walla Valley winery’s 2013 Zinfandel. Drawing on grapes from his home AVA, winemaker Doug Nierman crafted another gold medal winner for the Milton-Freewater, Ore., winery. In the glass, vanilla, black currants, blackberries and raisins emerge, then in the mouth they are joined by spices and white pepper. It’s a mouth-filling, satisfying wine with elegant structure, lengthy finish and restrained tannins that can pair with almost any table fare suited for red wine. Treat your favorite California Zinfandel fans to this and you’ll have a better friend at first sip. This earned a gold medal at the 2016 Cascadia Wine Competition.
Production: 331 cases