Not a huge amount of choice locally. Waitrose had two, one from Ravenswood and this organic bottling from Bonterra encased in a heavy-weight tapered bottle. Neither were exactly cheap but better than offering nothing as the local Threshers managed…
Wine Tasting Note: Bonterra Vineyards Zinfandel, 2007, Mendocino County, California.
Price: £10.99 from Waitrose [More on Adegga / Snooth]
A top note of cedar and sharp red berries; but overall the mouth-feel is smooth, very gentle tannins with a blur of pepper, spice, red berries and a blueberry flourish. American in style – rounded, slightly sweet fruit, high alcohol on the finish, a hint of tannin. Finished, I thought, a little on the short side. Alcohol 14.5%.
Andrew BarrowScribblings Rating – 86/100 [ out of 5]
On the food matching front this doesn’t really take; a simple steak short-crust pie should have been more than wine-friendly. It is, I think, that the palate is adjusted to a more European styled wine. A combination of texture, tannin, acidity, sophisticated and integrated fruit – something this Zinfandel does lacks, or rather does in an alternatve way. A way though that doesn’t meld.
“We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils providing healthy vines an opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavored fruit. In every sip, you’ll taste
our natural commitment and understand why we believe organic farming creates wines of great taste and excitement, among the very best you’ll experience. David Koball, Vineyard Steward”