Sonoma’s climate is ideal for zinfandels, and winemaker Diane Wilson makes one of the best in the area. Her hand-grown, single vineyard zinfandels have won almost 100 gold medals and dozens of 90+ scores. While they were indeed delicious, I fell for the 2011 Molly’s Petite Syrah, with lush fruit at the forefront and a bold, almost spicy finish. Each of the vineyards is named after a Wilson family member, and Molly happens to be the border collie. The family emphasis shines through during tours of the winery too, led by the Wilson daughters who share funny anecdotes and praise their mother’s winemaking skills. The winery was started in 1993 and is housed in a renovated tin barn that is one of the oldest structures in Dry Creek Valley.