R&B 2016 Swingsville Zinfandel
Two superb vineyards went into making the Swingville Zin. With the belief that complimentary growing regions and varietals can add significantly to the complexity of the final wine, this wine is 95% Zinfandel from Contra Costa County and 5% Petite Sirah from Lovett Vineyard in Lake County. The blend of these two varietals adds considerable richness to the overall wine.
The fruit from Del Barba is just lovely and is slightly atypical in that it produces darker, blacker fruit flavors, rather than the softer, red berry flavors one normally expects from Contra Costa fruit. The result is a zesty complexity, a deep, rich color and a beautiful, soft mouth-feel, The Petite Sirah from Lake County enhances the structure and color of the wine and emphasizes the darker berry fruit character. The wine is aged in American and French oak for 6 months. It was then placed in neutral barrels for further aging and to allow a fuller integration of flavors.
The bouquet shows black raspberries, cherries, and black cherries with hints of pepper and spice. The flavors are blackberries, black raspberries with creamy cherries, delicate tobacco notes, and an elegant spicy aftertaste.