The only thing we needed to know about Homefire is that it is made at Sonoma's Mazzocco Winery. They have produced many of California's most outstanding Zinfandels for nearly 50 years. Winemaker, Michael Sterling, takes his 20 years of experience to Mazzocco and works in concert with their winemaker, Antoine Favero. Antoine was born in Champagne, but came to Sonoma at very early age.
Sterling was born into the dairy business and made a career in journalism and producing Emmy winning news shows. It was his parent's love of wine that influenced him to the point that he ended up at UC Davis studying enology and viticulture. He now owns 10 acres in Dry Creek Valley.
The vines for our selection are now 70 years old. Vines of this age produce less than half the grapes they did 50 years earlier, but the intensity and flavors are beyond compare. Add to that the fact that the vineyard is 1,200 feet above sea level and you have a perfect condition for making great wine. At one time, Zinfandel was the most planted grape in California. It could make good to great wine in almost any area and thus was always a safe bet. Some say too safe. Then another grape came along and stole its thunder. It was called Cabernet Sauvignon.
But stalwarts, like Sterling, never gave up. As a result, we offer this densely packed selection loaded with rich strawberry fruit, spice and earth to spare. A fired tri-tip or lamb shanks would be a perfect foil.