Wine of The Week
A Pick from Her VineNess
2011 Brochelle Estate Zinfandel, Paso Robles, $32
Winemaker Brock Waterman believes strongly in Zin: it’s his varietal of choice, and he knows it does exceedingly well in Paso Robles. His vineyard on the westside of Paso is planted mostly to Zin and he wholeheartedly endorses it as America’s grape and one of Paso’s strong suits.
One whiff of this beauty and you’ll be convinced as well. There are lots of pretty blueberry and black cherry aromas to greet you, and the cherries just keep on coming from all sides as this splendidly rounded wine takes over your palate. It’s a jubilee of cherries, with spicy clove, hints of orange peel and fresh-baked plum bars. Courtesy of the vintage, the acidity is plentiful and the tannins are as smooth as cream cheese frosting. It’s hard to imagine a more superb year for producing Zinfandel that actually has the gusto to age without turning completely to port.
To purchase, visit the Brochelle website Or visit the Brochelle Tasting Room at 2323 Tuley Ct., in Paso Robles. (805) 237-0519. Open Thursday – Monday 11a.m. – 5 p.m.
Laura Ness, aka “Her VineNess,” has called the Santa Cruz Mountains home for more than 30 years. She loves hanging out with winemakers and winegrowers in their vineyards and cellars, drinking in their quirky, inspiring stories, and of course, their wines. She most enjoys sharing her experiences with people as besotted with wine and food as she is, and happily recommends good bottles of wine for your drinking pleasure.