It’s no surprise to me to discover the best of class U.S. zinfandel hails from Lodi, California, also referred to as the “unofficial” zinfandel capital of the world. Close to 40 percent of the nation’s best zinfandel is grown in this northern portion of California’s Central Valley.
As a wine judge at the 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, I was bestowed the honor of selecting the best of 82 U.S. zinfandels priced between $28-$31 per bottle. Here is a list of my team of three’s picks:
|Prie Winery||2015||Lodi||31.00||Best of Class|
|1850 Wine Cellars||2016||Sierra Foothills||28.00||Double Gold|
|Oakwild Ranch Toboni Vineyard||2013||Mendocino Ridge||Gianna Perli Vineyards||28.00||Double Gold|
|Oakstone Winery||2015||Fair Play||Paso Vista Vineyard; Dry Farmed||28.00||Double Gold|
|Deaver Vineyards||2015||Amador County||Old Vines Circa 1860||30.00||Double Gold|
Many congratulations to all of these zinfandel producers, and special congratulations to best of class, Prie Winery!