A Californian Hidden Gem Wine: Viano Vineyards Private Stock Zinfandel 2016 from Contra Costa County on the San Franciscan Coast: a snip at £159 per case of 12 bottles delivered
We enjoy finding new and interesting ‘hidden gem’ wines for our Members —and here is a recent discovery, a fascinating wine from California, the Contra Costa County Private Stock Zinfandel. This is a 2016, a top-rated vintage for these wines, ripe, velvety, medium bodied, with soft tannins and delicious flavours of berries and plum, with a peppery finish. It is fully organic, it is drinking well, and it makes a great introduction to American Zinfandel.
The wine is made by brothers John and David at Viano Vineyards in an inlet from San Francisco Bay, between Napa Valley and Livermore. When the Viano family arrived here from their native Piedmont in 1920 they found hillsides surrounding a fertile little valley planted with old vines, some dating back to 1888, with warm days and cool nights, all ideal for creating excellent wines.
Today Viano is the last remaining winery in these parts, the family refusing to bow to the urbanisation which has consumed the San Francisco Bay area and driven real-estate prices sky-high. Some of their vineyards are the original 1888 plantings, others are more recent, but all are dry farmed organically, with no recourse to chemical fertilisers or pesticides. Furthermore, the Viano Vineyards wines are produced, bottled and marketed directly, and they have a reputation for high quality and some of the best value in the USA—and even better value for our Members. The wine is imported by the UK’s leading American wine specialists.
This Zinfandel pairs beautifully with tomato-based dishes—it’s perfect with spaghetti with tomatoes for instance—with grilled meats and salads, and with Mediterranean stuffed vegetables.
Case of 12 bottles. RRP £220. CCUK Members £159. Free UK mainland delivery.