2005 Bella Vetta "Jack's Cabin Vineyard" Rockpile Sonoma County Zinfandel

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94 points, two stars and the top rated Zinfandel in the September issue of the Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine: "Its ripe red berry fruit jumps out of the glass and is joined by hints of concentrated stone fruits and a dollop of enriching oak in the inviting aromas. Full and slightly fleshy in its palatal impacts but well-balanced and polished, especially given the tendencies of its appellation to produce wines that are often on the rustic side, this one does bring youthful tannins into play at the finish and is recommended for a few years of cellaring in order to see it at its best." (09/08) 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine: "A big, brawny, juicy Zin that shows the muscular style of Rockpile, and does so with considerable appeal. With powerhouse flavors of ripe, freshly picked blackberries and currants, sprinkled with anise, cocoa, black pepper, crushed cloves, star anise and vanilla, it finishes completely dry and smooth." (11/1/2008) With aromas of briary blackberry, Hoisin sauce, obsidian stone and smoked pork, this is one roller coaster ride of a Zin. Whole black peppercorns permeate the palate, while creamed puree of wild berry adds the necessary and enjoyable fruit to this wine's mid-palate. At the edges this is surprisingly savory with a subtle herbal tang. Finishing up with more smoke and sweet cassis fruit, this is a wine that perfectly shows why the Zins coming from the Rockpile AVA are so hot right now. (Bryan Brick, K&L)

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- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.

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- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.9