2014 Poco a Poco Zinfandel
(Russian River, California) $23
In 1980, the Bass family renovated a dilapidated old vineyard outside of Guerneville, employing organic and biodynamic techniques as they went. The property is now Demeter (biodynamic) certified and the wines made from other vineyards are either organic or biodynamic. They are better known for their Porter Bass label, but the less expensive Poco a Poco wines have been stealing the limelight, probably because at $20 – $25 a bottle they are good values.
Vineyard: Volcanic and granitic soils. Planted in 1988/89.
Farming: Practicing biodynamic.
Vinification: Whole berry maceration. Seven months in neutral oak. Unfined and unfiltered.
Tasting Note: Packed with fresh cherries, this is a ripe Zinfandel but it isn’t jammy. Even with 14.5% alcohol, it is balanced and does not come off too hot or heavy.
Food Pairing: Italian style meatballs and vegetarians could try pasta, peppers or eggplant with a marinara sauce.
Drinkability: Now – 2019.