2014 Hobo Wine Company, Branham Rockpile Vineyard, Rockpile

(Sonoma County, California) $28

Zinfandel (92%), Petite Sirah (8%)

2014 Hobo Wine Co. Zinfandel, Branham Rockpile Vineyard

Kenny Likitprakong formed the Hobo Wine Company in 2002. It now has five labels under its umbrella including Camp, Folk Machine, Make Work, Banyan and, of course, Hobo.

Vineyard: High magnesium volcanic with older vines.

Farming: Practicing organic.

Vinification: Co-fermented in open tops with 30% whole cluster. Aged in French oak puncheons (one new barrel) for 16 months.

Tasting Note: Fresh cherries, licorice and a hint of spice with light tannins and a lengthy finish.

Food Pairing: Roast beef, fennel sausage, roasted red peppers.

Drinkability: Now and over the next five years.

13.7% alcohol

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