Review: 2016 Adobe Road Shift Sonoma County Red Wine
Like cars? Check out Adobe Road’s Shift, a wine with a gearshift knob on top and a five-speed shifter — etched metal with carbon fiber underneath — that serves as a label. Clearly a ton of money has been spent on the bottle, but what about what’s inside, which is a Sonoma-born blend of 35% zinfandel, 30% barbera, 13% grenache, 12% petite sirah, and 10% carignane.
The wine? A bruiser, with the zinfandel doing the heavy lifting to create a sweet, berry-heavy experience that melds red currants with blackberries and a thick layer of baking spice. The resulting concoction feels built for pairing with chocolate cake — completely with a finish that recalls Hershey’s syrup — thanks especially to its modest tannin profile.
B / $56 / adoberoadwines.com