2013 Porter-Bass, "Dot's Garden" Zinfandel, Russian River Valley

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Press and Tasting Notes

Below the fog-line off the Pacific Ocean lies Dot's Garden, a steep single block of 100 year old vines that can only be harvested by hand. Dot's Garden is only made by Porter-Bass in exceptional vintages. A lengthy finish offers bright fruit, spicy accents and aromas of intense black cherry, anise, and earth spice aromas and flavors. Perfectly b ... Read More »

A Merchant's Pick


Featured April 24, 2017

THE REVIEW

   Think Turley but more limited. This stunning Zinfandel comes from a mere 2-acre parcel named Dot’s Garden in the Russian River Valley. With a total production of 75 cases, it is only made in exceptional vintages.
    Last weekend, I enjoyed the new release of the 2014 vintage. Not having tasted this wine yet, I cracked open a bottle with family. We enjoyed it with goat cheese atop pecan and fig crackers. Wow! It was succulent, long, vibrant and juicy, yet not fruit forward. This wine - already an EWM favorite in the Zin category - jumped to the top of my list of California wines, not just Zins.
    Dot's Garden is a steep, single block of 100 year old Zinfandel vines that can only be hand harvested. The Bass family found this run-down, century-old, vineyard in the 1980's and began the arduous process of reviving the vines. Decades of biodynamic and organic farming renewed the vineyard's vitality. And, sitting just below the fog-line off the Pacific Coast, the extreme terroir gives this lovely Zinfandel its personality.
     A lengthy finish offers bright fruit, aromas of intense black cherry, anise, and earth spice. Precise and deft on the palate, it offers dark berry flavors counterbalanced by lively acidity and balanced structure. It finishes long, dancing on the palate.
    All we needed on this particular day for this food friendly wine was cheese and crackers; however, grilled cuisine of any kind will pair perfectly with this gorgeous vintage of Dot's Garden. Enjoy now and over the next 5 years.Read More »

Region

California

The largest domestic wine growing region in the United States is by far California.  California wines took international recognition in the 1976 competition known as "The Judgement Of Paris."  In this famous blind tasting, California wines were pu ... Read More »

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