I love this Zinfandel, and if you’re a Zin fan you will too. Grapes come from the deep, sandy vineyards of Oakley, Contra Costa County. The vines, as old as 130 years, make powerful, multi-layered wine. From beginning to end the wine shows off cracked black pepper, black licorice, salted caramel and cola complementing the jammy raspberry, cherry and blueberry flavors. The deliciousness expands as it sits in the mouth (sign of a very good wine for me): more fruit, more spice. Fine tannins, full body, low-ish acidity. I can’t think of a more pleasurable Zinfandel than this. This is a DDWA Hall of Fame Value.
Wilson Foreigner is a two-family-owned winery. David & Christine Wilson live on their family vineyard in Napa’s Wooden Valley. Chris and Suzaan Alheit live and work in South Africa (They are the Foreigner. Sorry, but no homage to the ’80s rock band. Read about their partnership here.) The winery makes three wines. Just one, currently, comes from the Wilson family vineyard, “Rancho Chimiles.” They follow the “New California Wine” model of unique grapes, mindful vineyard practices and non-intervention winemaking. All of which lead to wines that are intense, energetic and decidedly unique. All that and very fairly priced, too. Get some.
Read my Wilson Foreigner Winery profile HERE.
For all the Wilson Foreigner wines I’ve reviewed, GO HERE.