Sunday, September 25, 2005

Zinning in Walla Walla

Did you know that there is only one winery in the Walla Walla Valley that produces a Zinfandel? Since vintage 2001, Forgeron Cellars has been producing a Zinfandel and their 2003 Zinfandel is now available.

The Zinfandel grapes come from the Alder Ridge Vineyard, which is one of the oldest established vineyards in Washington state. Alder Ridge Vineyard is a steep slope rising 1,000 feet from the bank of the Columbia River on the Washington side. It's proximity to the river also makes it one of the warmest vineyard sites, as well as providing air drainage and the cooling effects from the river.

Now, about that Forgeron Cellars Zinfandel - how does it taste? In one word - YUMMY! It is rich with a spicy aroma on the nose and the color of blackberry jam. Warming flavors of cherry cobbler, spices, and brown sugar on the palette and finishes with a bit of spice and caramel.

This is not your typical cherry pop, 15%+ alcohol Zinfandel from California, either. There is a richness and subtle spice to this Zinfandel that makes it such a food friendly wine. Therefore, it deserves to be paired with a spicy meal. Barbequed ribs and chicken (I would toss some of the Zinfandel in the marinade) will awake the tastebuds with this lovely wine. With the fall season here, I see in my future a pork roast with cranberries, sage and a side of yams and of course, enhanced with this elegant Zinfandel.

Only 320 cases produced - get it now. Consider this bit of knowledge one of my best kept secrets.

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