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…
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Boulder, CO 80304
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