The backyard barbecue is a way of life for some of us, and it calls for good wine. There’s nothing more quintessentially summer than grilling burgers, hot dogs, ribs, and steaks poolside. In between Little League games and skinny-dipping, tossing something on the grill makes up most of America’s summers.
I can hardly think of grilled food without thinking of Zinfandel, always one of my top choices when picking wine to go with barbecues.
Frei Brothers 2015 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley ($20)
Silky texture and smooth, juicy style; bright and spicy with fresh blackberry and balance; juicy and tangy, long and balanced. 89 Points
Dry Creek Vineyard 2015 Zinfandel, Heritage Vines, Sonoma ($22)
Smooth, lush and spicy with deep blackberry and plum fruit; rich, dense and tangy; bright, balanced and long. 90 Points
Duckhorn 2015 Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma ($25)
Silky and fresh with juicy, lively style; smooth, bright and balanced; long and bright. 90 Points
St. Francis 2014 Zinfandel Reserve, Dry Creek Valley ($50)
Lush and velvety with rich aromatics and dense texture; concentrated and intense, long and balanced with lovely oak and vanilla. 93 Points
Williams Selyem 2015 Zinfandel, Papera Vineyard, Russian River Valley ($65)
Dark, rich and fresh with lovely spice and tangy acidity; crisp wild blackberry fruit; pure, rich and exuberant; long and balanced, bright. 94 points