We like to think that winemaker Bob Goyette began making wine at the age of three, but since he wasn't old enough to drink, he had to do it on the sly. That isn't true, of course, but the fact is it seems like he's been making wine forever.
Bob's resume reads like a who's who of great wineries. He was one of the founders of La Crema Vinera, which in its heyday, was one of the most soughtafter wineries on the planet. He did something that today would seem revolutionary. He made great wines and sold them at a price that everyone thought was a bargain.
After selling La Crema, he went on to Chalk Hill, Benziger and Glen Ellen. All three put out wines of distinction that, price-wise, were considered bargains. We're glad to inform you that Bob hasn't changed. His wines are still distinctive and his prices are still bargains. Our selection is a perfect example.
As we all know, the grapes make the wine. And, when it comes to Zinfandel, it's hard to compete with the grapes from Amador County in the Sierra Foothills. Zinfandel was California's first prized wine possession and Amador was where it came from back in the '60s.
The grapes for our selection came from vines that are more than 20 years old and in their prime years. The finished wine was aged for six months in French and American oak barrels and in the bottle for a year before release. The result is a beautiful, extracted Zin with power to spare.