Zinfandel, 2017. Oak Grove

Zinfandel, 2017. Oak Grove

Item #: C0719R1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Medium Crimson
Nose: Lingonberry
Palate: Strawberry, Spice
Finish: Extracted, but Elegant
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2025/Red Meat, Game/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Oak Grove Vineyards was founded 20 years ago by Jeffrey Dye. Like all winemakers, Jeff believes that all the best wines start by being made in the vineyard, with a proficient wine growing team.

The winemaking staff takes great pride in searching out the finest grapes from California's cool appellations. Those regions include Monterey County, Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles.

Oak Grove is a line of Reserve California appellation wines, which are primarily made from grapes grown in California's Central Coast. Their rich, fruit-forward style has been their trademark. In this case, a sizable number of grapes came from their vineyards in Paso Robles, where Zinfandel is one of the best wines made.

Winemaker Phil Franscioni is a man whose wine roots in the area go back a ways. Franscioni's great-grandfather first settled here in 1885, so Phil was raised knowing the region's vineyards quite well. Phil went on to work with some of the best vineyards along the Central Coast, including the Pinnacles on the eastern side of the Salinas Valley, first planted by Paul Masson in 1967.

This is classic, rich and flavorful Zinfandel, the kind we've come to love. Zins can be overbearing, but here Phil brings out the best of the grape, which is not just power and body, but also elegance and grace. From the strawberry and ripe red grape aroma through to the rich middle and lingering finish of cranberry and spice, this beauty pleases at every level.