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BELLA GRACE ZINFANDEL "OLD VINE", CRAIN-SLEEPER RANCH, AMADOR COUNTY SIERRA FOOTHILLS 2015
NVWE Notes: This is a firm, complex Zin with well-defined aromas of red raspberry, red cherry, red plum jam, red currant and violet tied to equally prominent scents of white and pink peppercorn, mace, clove, woodsy spice, iron ore-like minerality, and some piquant suggestions of red apple skin and cinnamon “red hots”. The texture is sleek, but not hard-edged, and the flavors - pretty much a mirror of the nose - linger nicely. Certainly a Zin that craves food, it would be terrific with braised pork belly and the like, and it should grow more dinner-worthy over the next two years.
Attractive and focused raspberry and black-cherry flavors fill out this medium-bodied wine. The aromas are fruity, with touches of clove and cinnamon, while the flavors are clean, pure and delicious. The wine has just enough tannin to firm up the texture, along with good acidity for balance. Drink now or hold through 2022.