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.