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Wine Name: Bonterra
Vintage: 2006
Appellation: Mendocino County (County Appellation)
Sub-Appellation: Certified Organically Grown Grapes
Vineyard: N/A
Suggested Retail Price: $ 16
Alcohol Content: 14.50%
Cases Produced: 19000
Winemaker: Robert Blue
Winemaker Tasting Notes: For a long time, Zinfandel defined Mendocino, a tribute to the remarkable wines produced by the Italians who settled in this rugged county. Their Zins stood up to winter cold and paired well with the rustic cuisine of the old world. Our Bonterra Zin is a little less rustic, a little more elegant, even Claret-like, but still recognizably Mendocino (with the best of the Sierra Foothills put into play.) Bonterra Zinfandel is from mostly dry farmed, head trained vineyards of low yield, watched over in the old world farming style that today we’d call organic, but what Mendocino farmers called common sense. Most of the vines average 35-40 years old, on St. George rootstock. Mendocino dominates the blend, with vineyards in the hills and valleys at 800-1600 feet above sea level, but Amador offers a spicy complexity that rounds out the wine. Selected lots are gently pressed to soften tannins. It’s truly a wine we try not to manipulate much because the fruit from these exceptional vineyards simply doesn’t need it. Our biodynamic Butler ranch contributes both Zinfandel and Petite Sirah to this blend. Leroy Chase is a grand old vineyard, and the Blue Heron vineyard (transitioning to certified biodynamic status) in the Sanel Vineyard consistently has some of the most flavorful fruit available. In our second release, we’ve tamed the wine just a bit without losing any of the rich aromas of red raspberry and brambly fruit with hints of mountain blueberry and a touch of white pepper and cedar spice. You’ll enjoy dependable Zinfandel flavors of rich plum, blackberry compote, black pepper and a sweet mouthfeel with mature, easy going tannins. This remains the Zen of Zin.
Release Date: 02/08
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Winery Location Region: Mendocino

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