1998 Dry Creek Vineyard Old Vines Zinfandel, Sonoma County ($18). The 1998 vintage in northern California was not a kind one for zinfandel, and many respected producers turned in subpar performances. Not so with Dry Creek, whose Old Vines bottling is a rich, balanced, chunky and satisfying red wine with no obvious flaws. It's a meaty, earthy wine with plenty of blackberry and pepper flavor. Dry Creek manages to deliver impressive power without going over the top. Serve with grilled steak, venison or a hearty stew or pasta dish.