Bonterra has been a name in organic wines since the early 1990s. And this brand that is part of the Fetzer family is a survivor. Under a new owner it still flouirshes — and dazzles the palate.
Resident wine expert Sandra Silfven on all things vino
This brooding, yummy red is like a dark chocolate truffle with a cherry in the center melting in your mouth.
St. Francis “Old Vines” Zinfandel Sonoma County 2008, $19: If you have a few extra bucks, you’ll find this wine is worth the toll. It’s the benchmark for Old Vines Zins with its intense dark cherries, dark plums, licorice, lots of black pepper and vanilla off the oak. It’s the perfect pairing with a juicy … Continue Reading →
If you drink California wines, I can just about guarantee you have tasted something from the Lange family in California’s Lodi appellation. The Lange twins, Randy and Brad, are fifth-generation wine growers and do it on a mass scale. They are bulk wine producers, making millions of gallons off thousands of acres of estate-grown vineyards, … Continue Reading →
Windmill Old Vine Zinfandel Lodi 2010, $12-$14: It’s not often you find an old vine California Zinfandel at this price. But the Phillips family has farmed this land long enough for lots of things, including vines, to be old. The sixth generation is running the winery at the 160-acre homestead in Lodi that dates to … Continue Reading →
A well-known face was touring Metro Detroit wine shops this week. Zinfandel czar Kent Rosenblum may have sold his Rosenblum Cellars with its blockbuster California reds back in 2008, but he never stopped making wine nor cultivating relationships with some of the best growers in the state. With daughter Shauna at his side, the two … Continue Reading →
Artezin Zinfandel Mendocino County 2010, $16-$18: Artezin – think the art of Zinfandel – was created when the Hess Collection in Napa decided to add a Zinfandel to its line in 2005. The grapes are sourced from the super ZIP codes for Zins, being Mendocino and Amador counties and Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. The latest … Continue Reading →