I really like old vine reds from the freakishly deep sands of Contra Costa County. They really represent a unique American terroir. This wine is composed of 100+ yr. old vines from 26% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 25% Mataro, 20% Carignane, 3% Alicante Bouschet and 1% Black Malvoisie. And it's really good.
Very dark, plasma-like ruby/violet. Enchanting nose of rich berries, cocoa powder, minerals, and ashy embers, with a single line of tangy rhubarb at the end. Rich, low-toned, and darkly berryish, with a the cocoa component still there. It's quite dry, with lots of soft tannin coating the sides of the mouth. And despite the 15.2% alcohol, there's some very nice acidity buoying everything up. Although this winery's single varietal wines tend to be a little more expensive than its "field blend," I think I usually like the field blend a little more. A-. If I'm remembering correctly, I think I got this several months ago for around $18 from WineAccess.com.