Wilson Foreigner

2017 Del Barba Vineyard Contra Costa Zinfandel

Zinfandel •Del Barba Vineyard

California: Contra Costa County

Offer Expired:Oct 07, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$37.00
Avg. Price

Mission Briefing

Codename:

Pump up the jam

The Alquamista is GONE! But we still have a few bottles of this beauty remaining. If you slept on this last time we offered it, we urge you to take a flyer - you won’t be disappointed!!

Hey!! Heard you like rockin’ ripe old vine Zinfandel… well hop on board because we’re diving headlong into a sea of raspberry jam packed goodness. The ticket costs $22 and gets you entry into one of the most thrilling and pure Zins we’ve tasted recently.

Hailing from a historic site in Contra Costa county, this vineyard has been in the Del Barba family for four generations. These old vines, many planted in 1910, make for some righteous juice packed with power and complexity. Fermented in concrete tanks with wild yeasts and then raised in neutral oak barrels, the focus centers entirely on the sensational old vine fruit.

It certainly has the right pedigree for world class Zinfandel, too. Hailing from a historic site in Contra Costa county, this vineyard has been in the Del Barba family for four generations. These old vines, many planted in 1910, make for some righteous juice packed with power and complexity. Fermented in concrete tanks with wild yeasts and then raised in neutral oak barrels, the focus centers almost entirely on the sensational old vine fruit. No heavy oak or anything like that. Up front it’s all about the red cherry pie and jammy raspberry tucked in right behind. The savory baking spice, subtle smokiness and touch of savory herbs all fall in line behind the fruit.

When you get a taste of this it’s gonna be like the Poseidon Adventure because you are gonna be turning it upside down and flooding your glass with this goodness. Seriously.

90 Points - Dan Dawson

“Tiny Napa producer Wilson Foreigner acquires old-vine Zinfandel from the town of Oakley and the sandy soils of the Sacramento Delta. Dark strawberry and blueberry compote, fried cinnamon, black pepper and anise smells and flavors are generous. It’s rich, balanced and goes down smooth and silky. Medium acidity, gentle tannins. This young Zin is ready to enjoy either with food or on its own. You get a lot for your $ here. Wilson Foreigner is a two-family-owned winery. David & Christine Wilson live on their family vineyard in Napa’s Wooden Valley. Chris and Suzaan Alheit live and work in South Africa. They follow the “New California Wine” model of unique grapes, mindful vineyard practices and non-intervention winemaking. All of which lead to wines that are intense, energetic and decidedly unique. All that and very fairly priced, too. Get some.”

Tasting Profile

Look:

Blue, purple and black all over with a near neon circumference.

Smell:

Up front it’s all about the red cherry pie and jammy raspberry tucked in right behind

Taste:

The savory baking spice, subtle smokiness and touch of savory herbs all fall in line behind the fruit

Finish:

Lasting on and on, turning it upside down and flooding your glass with this goodness

Pairing:

Bring together some killer cheeses, charcuterie, dried fruits, and nuts, then go nuts

What the Winery Says

Winemakers
David & Christine Wilson, Chris & Suzaan Alheit
Varietal
100% Zinfandel
Vintage
2017
Appellation
Napa Valley
Vineyard
Del Barba Vineyard
Vine age
39-117 years old
Soils
Delhi Sand
Alcohol
15.5%
Fermentation
15% whole cluster
pH
3.7
Residual Sugar
0 g/L
Harvest date
August 24, 2017
Bottling Date
May 17, 2018
Aging
8 months in neutral French oak

About the Winery

Offer Expired:Oct 07, 2020 at 11:59 pm
$37.00
Avg. Price
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