Bella Grace’s Old Vine Zinfandel tradition continues with grapes sourced again from the 100+-year-old vineyard at the Crain-Sleeper Ranch. Our 2017 OVZ has a beautiful, rich magenta color with subtle hints of cherry and other red fruit on the nose. Across the palate, the red fruit theme continues with bright cherry, soft oak tannins, and white pepper. Enjoy the long, lush finish with or without a rich chocolate dessert or tangy cheese!
The Crane family homesteaded in Amador County in 1860, and the Crane/Sleeper ranch is one of the Shenandoah Valley’s oldest. The Old Vine Zinfandel wines are produced from 100+ year old, head pruned vines that are dry farmed. Dry farming causes deep rooting of the vines, and results in small berries and clusters with intense flavors. Grapes are harvested when they reach no higher than 25.0 BRIX and pH levels of 3.8.
Food Pairing Notes
If you are not pairing this crowd-pleasing Old Vine Zinfandel with large red meats, BBQ dishes and pasta, then it is destined for dessert: Creamy aged blue cheese, flourless decadent brownies, and bacon infused chocolates drizzled in Dulce de Leche.