Aromas are remarkably rich and toasty, blackberry, toasted oak, and hints of black pepper. The palate is surprisingly soft, with blackberry, black plum, leather, milk chocolate, and pepper. Tannins are smooth with barely a bite. This is fruit-forward, complex, and pillow soft. Drink with pork medallions with mushrooms. Recommended. 89 points. DBH

WHO: Frei Brothers
WHAT: Zinfandel
WHEN: 2015
DESIGNATION: Sonoma Reserve
WHERE: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, California
HOW MUCH: $20 (media sample)
POINTS: 89