Newsome-Harlow 2008 Donner Party Zin, Dalton Vineyard, Vineyard Select Series Zinfandel (Calaveras County)
Everything one could want in a Zin: dark, rich color and very pleasing dark fruit aromas followed by a mouthful of juicy blackberry and clove flavors and rich, dusty tannins. The whole package, 89% zin with 11% Petite Sirah all from the Dalton Vineyard, is nicely balanced, seriously rich and ends with a proper earthy kick on the finish. Really, really good.
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Contributing Editor Virginie Boone has been with Wine Enthusiast since 2010, and reviews the wines of Napa and Sonoma. Boone began her writing career with Lonely Planet travel guides, which eventually led to California-focused wine coverage. She contributes to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat
and Sonoma Magazine
, and is a regular panelist and speaker on wine topics in California and beyond.