DeLoach – Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015)
In this instalment of my festive reds were heading across the pond for a Californian Zinfandel. I picked up a few of these earlier in the year, and with this being the last bottle from my cellar it has been a firm favourite.
On sight, this wine presents a relatively light ruby colour, almost garnet when held to the light. The nose gives out prominent raspberry fruit accompanied by pepper and vanilla.
The initial flavours on the tongue give great aromatic red and black fruit flavours with a hint of sweetness. As the fruit fades you get a hit of pepper leading into fuller leathery qualities.
With relatively light-medium tannins this wine still gives a brilliant depth of flavour, with a long finish of vanilla and subtle chocolate. There is a bright freshness from the ripe fruits, leading to a satisfying full-bodied finale.
DeLoach vineyards have brought their Burgundian heritage to California’s Russian River Valley to produce some wines of real quality. This Zinfandel is without a doubt no exception to this. With wonderful complexity and great balance, this wine makes a great accompaniment to any meat and poultry dishes.
Grape variety: Zinfandel
Region: California, USA
Food pairing: Lamb, Beef, Poultry