Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Trinitas Cellars Old Vine Cuvee 2005 Contra Costa County

©photo 2008 by Dave Trieger

This is another one of my picks from the tasting I attended this past weekend at The Restaurant at Sun & Surf Beach Club in Atlantic Beach, N.Y.

Trinitas Cellars has multiple sources around Contra Costa County, California, with some of the best vines as much as 120 years old. The 2005 Old Vine Cuvee is made from 37% Mataro, 24% Zinfandel, 18% Carignan, 13% Petite Syrah and 8% Alicante Bouschet. Because of the sandy soil there are very low yields and very high concentration, giving the wine a deep richness. Intense aromas of blackberries, blueberries, and a luscious palate of prunes and vanilla make this a delicious food wine. Long on the finish this worked very well with a steak and lamb but I could see it paired really well with pork. This is an amazing deal for $18!

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