Wise Villa Winery
2011 California Estate Zinfandel
Owl always love Zin
With so many wines offered to us each and every day, we can afford to be exceedingly careful - and extraordinarily picky - when it comes to selecting which wines we feature for you. We are so picky that we reject about one third of the wines that we review.
Big brand, award-winning wines certainly get our attention, but when a lesser-known brand finds its way to our tasting panel, we approach it with an excited open mind - and palate. Today’s Wise Villa Winery 2011 California Estate Zinfandel turned out to be… fantastic!
This delicious wine, which has earned numerous accolades, is a Zinfandel that is well worthy of your attention. We offer this wonderful wine to you with our hearty recommendation
A beautiful purple through and through, just slightly translucent, with just a hint of a lighter, rustic red rim.
Leads with juicy red fruit flavors of cherry and raspberry, laid atop notes of sweet cedar wood, aged leather, berry bramble, black peppercorn spice, and warm baking spices.
Delicious and very drinkable, with a flavor profile that is very similar to the nose, this wine is exactly what you want from a traditional Zinfandel. The red fruit, earth, and spice are very well balanced.
A lovely balance of tannin and structure, with the concentrated red fruit slowly transitioning into slight pepper notes on the back of the palate.
A slow roasted garlic and rosemary encrusted beef brisket, served with plenty of root vegetables.
What the Winery Says
With a long finish, bright plum, goji berry, blackberry, spice and pepper flavors with a smooth berry-vanilla finish, this is a great wine to drink by itself. Yet, with balanced acidity and tannin that is usually lacking in Zin, this wine will pair excellently with dinner.
- Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle 2014, 96 Points - Wine X Magazine
- Dr. Grover C. Lee
- Production Notes
- 100% Estate produced and bottled
- Aged in 30% new French and American oak
About the Winery
The Wise Villa approach to Winemaking is distinguished by purity, balance, & complexity.
In the vineyard, purity starts when our family-managed vineyard is carefully hand-picked. The grapes are then sorted in the vineyard to remove any remaining impurities (leaves, sticks, etc) and any underripe or overripe clusters or sections of clusters.
In the winery the grapes are sorted again and “de-stemmed”. Before the grapes reach the fermentation tank they are sorted a last time, grape by grape, removing any that are not perfectly balanced. Purity is maintained by absolute cleanliness and care. Balance and complexity are attained by applying a variety of winemaking techniques, traditional and modern, to ensure that the best flavors of the grapes are expressed into the wine.
Winemaker Dr. Grover C. Lee
Dr. Grover Lee grew up in the central valley of California with thousands of acres of grape vineyards surrounding his modest home. Throughout his high school years working in vineyards and testing labs he gained an appreciation of viticulture and enology. At Cal Poly S.L.O. this interest in wine making expanded as he received a BS in Biological Science with minors in Chemistry and Biochemistry and one year in a Masters program in Biochemistry. He started making his own wine in the early-nineties at local winery Cante Ao Vinho and also took extension courses from UC Davis in Viticulture & Enology, expanding his technical knowledge of winemaking.
Traveling throughout Europe and taking copious notes about wine making techniques as he talked with winemakers was an epiphany of life and changed how Dr. Lee looked at the art and science of winemaking. The appreciation of European wine making and importance of food and wine has shaped his wine making style to this day.
Winemaker Kevin Luther
Kevin Luther decided to enter the winemaking industry out of a respect for the craftsmanship and work that produces delicious wine. He comes from a family of working-class folk, many of whom work as carpenters. Kevin’s chosen craft of winemaking and carpentry share a common thread of pride in forming something to be proud of as the end result of the days’ labor.
Kevin believes that winemaking is an ancient tradition that is not limited to one nation. Therefore, after obtaining a degree in Viticulture & Enology from the foremost winemaking school in the world, UC Davis, he traveled the hemispheres working harvests at the greatest wineries of the world. In this way he was able to accumulate a substantial amount of winemaking wisdom.