Here is a rock-solid, modestly priced Zinfandel from Troon Vineyard in southern Oregon's Applegate Valley AVA. The winery's founder, Dick Troon, first planted Zinfandel in 1972, and this wine was sourced from some of those original vines. It is robust in aromatics and flavor, with raspberry preserve, mulling spice, and cola on the nose; and on the palate, dark chocolate-dipped raspberry, brandied fruit, and cracked peppercorn - all interwoven with impressions of chocolate ganache, pine, and graphite over a mouthwatering finish. The wine is dry and full-bodied, with soft tannins, fresh acidity, and subdued oak. Small portions of Carignan and Primitivo (Zinfandel's genetic cousin from Italy) were blended into the wine, and it aged for 10 months in used French Burgundy barrels.