2014 Chateau Montelena Estate Zinfandel, Calistoga, USA
An old-school zinfandel, its color as transparent as the thin skin of the grapes, this has the richness of a warm-climate wine, plus supple, dusty tannins to keep all the black-fruit flavor in focus. There’s a gamey, meaty edge to it, some eucalyptus and sour plum notes that add to the wine’s charm. Pour it with grilled lamb.
90 Points Wine & Spirits