2005 Blackstone California Zinfandel ($12)
Peppery and gamey, with classic Zinfandel berry notes, this full-bodied red provides an appealing example of California’s most famous native grape. A bit of Syrah and Petite Sirah in the final blend help add spiciness.
2004 Echelon Vineyards Driving Range Zinfandel ($9)
A juicy, undemanding but enjoyable wine, sourced from gnarled old vines in a Contra Costa County vineyard planted in 1910, this red offers a lot of sweet blackberry fruit.
- 67 Best American Wines
- Best American Wines $15 & Under: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Best American Wines $15 & Under: Merlot & Pinot Noir
- Best American Wines $15 & Under: Syrah & Petite Sirah
- Best American Wines $15 & Under: Other Reds
2005 Rancho Zabaco Dancing Bull Zinfandel ($13)
This soft, raspberry-inflected Zinfandel is eminently drinkable; a good party wine, essentially. The brand itself is one of many owned by Gallo, and it’s generally a reliable source for affordable Zinfandels.