Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel – an Amador beauty of a Zin

Sobon Rocky Top

Sobon Rocky Top deliveries a reliable Zin for a great price

2013 Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel – food friendly Zin

Twice the Sobon Rocky Top Zinfandel has topped our Vintage Wine Tasting blind tasting of Zinfandel wines under $20. The Rocky Top is not easy to find, but we have three stores in the greater San Francisco Bay Area that currently carry this wine. The stores are Nob Hill Stores – $11.99 for six, mix-or-match; Mollie Stone’s $13.49; and K&L Wines for $13.99.

mollie stone rocky top zin

Mollie Stone’s in Burlingame carries the Rocky Top Zinfandel

Tasting Notes – Rocky Top Zinfandel – 88 Points

  • A refreshing fruity aroma
  • Oodles of red and dark fruit on the palate, including raspberry and plum
  • A mellow and gentle wine, medium bodied
  • Some white pepper spice
  • Nice finish
  • It is not a jammy Zin, but just an easy-drinking wine

Last week Janelle and I and Vintage Wine Taster Mike attended a wine bloggers conference special session sponsored by the Amador Wine Country. We tasted many Zinfandel wines and Barbera wines that were fantastic. The Rocky Top is right there in terms of quality, plus the great price. The Amador wine region is beautiful and well stocked with old vine Zinfandel Vineyards. Zinfandel is king in this region and made in many styles. The Sobon Rocky Top is more on the restrained style and makes for a tasty and food-friendly Zinfandel. Sobon is a family-owned winery. The Rocky Top Zinfandel is sustainably farmed and also dry farmed. The Sobon winery is located at 14430 Shenandoah Road in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. If you travel to wine country consider a trip to Amador County and visit excellent wineries in the Shenandoah Valley near the town of Plymouth.

Food Pairing with the Rocky Top Zinfandel

I like a tasty pizza like to the one in this photo. Zinfandel for me is an excellent choice with many types of pizza dishes. I love the pesto on this pizza, and pesto begs for Zinfandel. Here is a link to the recipe to this delicious pizza. Make it tonight!  What you need to make pizza at home.

cherry tomato pizza

Pizza ready for the oven


  1. The Sobon winery is well worth a visit. In addition to Rocky Top Sobon has a number of other wines that are also delicious, especially their Reserve wines. I also recommend visiting Andis winery (you’ll pass it on the way to Sobon).

    • Hi Tal, We met the Andis winemaker at the wine bloggers conference. Great guy! We love the S.B. and the Sémillon. Thanks, Joe

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