2017 Zinfandel Picchetti Estate
This dry-farmed, gnarly, head-pruned ancient vine Zinfandel is a classic example of what low yields, quality fruit and minimum intervention in the winemaking process can accomplish. Planted in 1882, these vines were the very first to be cultivated on Montebello, and the Picchetti Brothers transitioned from grapes into orchard farming during the dark days of Prohibition (1920-1933), they chose to retain this small 1-acre parcel during Prohibition because of the consistently high quality of wine that it produced. The sensational 2017 vintage has a complex texture and savory mouthfeel with flavors of rhubarb, holiday spice and black cherry, and enticing aromas of white pepper, cedar, all spice and dried blueberry. This rich medium-to-full bodied wine possesses an attractive balance of restrained sweetness and harmonious acidity with polished tannins that will permit it to evolve in the bottle through 2030. The traditional Picchetti family pairing for this wine was garlic basil polenta with venison sausage and seasonal garden vegetables. It will also pair beautifully with rich smoked meats, roasted butternut squash, and is the perfect accompaniment with your holiday feasts. Open for a special occasion, or enjoy during game day. Bellissimo!
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