Founded in 1972, this California Zinfandel pioneer was the first post-prohibition winery in the Dry Creek Valley. It's blended with Petite Sirah (20 percent), and you get a whiff of black pepper coloring the dried cherry and ripe-berry aromas. The palate is a mix of blackberry liqueur and dark chocolate with silky tannins on the finish. It's a classic California Zin.
2015 Edmeades Zinfandel, $16.99
Edmeades has sourced grapes from the coastal range of Mendocino County since the '70s. As with the Dry Creek, petite Sirah plays a significant role in this wine with its spicy, floral aromas of blackberry, cranberry, cherry and currant. Soft tannins add grip to this well-balanced, fruit-forward red, marked by lush berry and plum, with a hint of cola.
This other Dry Creek Valley entry offers bright blueberry, dark cherry and plum aromas, with touches of herb and vanilla. You get a bit of spice on the concentrated palate with silky smooth, dark-berry fruit, balanced by just the right hit of acidity on the long finish. It's an elegant charmer that goes down easy—keep it in mind for summer barbecues.