Colorado Wine Tasting: Bookcliff Vineyards Zinfandel 2011


Have you ever had wonderfully ripe fresh fruit explode in your mouth? Take a sip of Bookcliff Vineyards Zinfandel 2011 and you are in for a treat. Jammy and lush, it was tasty from the first drop to the last. We really wished we had a second bottle.

When first poured, it had a New World nose and Old World palate – somewhat unexpected. A fellow taster remarked, “It smells like a holiday.” The first sip delivered a far mellower experience than the nose promised, but once it had a little time to open up, it was full-on, fruit-forward New World in the nose and palate.

Zinfandel is pizza-friendly, but this wine was so good we simply sat and savored it by the glass. Its fruity brilliance is a good complement to the food groups found in pizza: protein (cheese, toppings), veggies (lots of options), fruit (red sauce or even pineapple if that is your preference), and whole grains (especially a whole-grain crust).

Winemaker John Garlich has made the most of a rare thing: Colorado-grown Zinfandel grapes.

Bookcliff Vineyards’ annual Spring Barrel Tasting Dinner will be held on Friday, May 2, and Saturday, May 3, 2014. This five-course seated dinner at the winery features wines poured straight from the barrel, paired with the cuisine of chef-owner Eric Skokan from Black Cat Farm Bistro in downtown Boulder.

Until our next adventure in wine and food…

Bookcliff Vineyards
Tasting Room
1501 Lee Hill Road No. 17
Boulder, CO 80304

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