In Wine Spectator's annual Editors' Picks issue, our senior editors go through their most memorable wines, experiences and travels of the past year and share what stood out to them most. This week, we single out three special wines that sparked joy: a California Zinfandel, a French Pinot Noir and an aged Aussie Shiraz.
A wine I tasted this past year epitomized all of that for me: Easton Zinfandel Amador County 2015. Vibrant and sleek, yet plump with dense, ripe fruit, the wine offers briary black raspberry, smoked pepper and wild sweet anise flavors that stretch out on a zesty finish. What's more, it features lively acidity that keeps it snappy and light on its feet. —Tim Fish
The vineyards are farmed biodynamically, while in the cellar, the use of stems in the fermentation continues. "With the wines, I work a lot with feelings," explains Godot. "I like to work with whole cluster but not in a systematic way. When the grapes are beautiful and healthy, with good maturity, then everything is there to enrich the expression of Pinot Noir with this technique."—Bruce Sanderson