School House

School House Vineyard Zinfandel Blend Mescolanza 2015

AVA Spring Mountain District, California, USA

Blend: Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Carignan | 13.8% ABV

£32.00

Discover this generous American red wine from California. This wine is a field blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Carignan, some hailing from vines that were originally planted in the 1890s from the Mescolanza Block (a Spanish word for ‘medley’) and is a true success. Almost Italian in style with a genuine Old World feel. A wine not to miss.

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The wine produced is elegant, spicy, full-bodied, and with an excellent nose. It is a big, robust wine but with balanced acidity that makes it a perfect pairing with rich, well-flavoured foods. It will age well.

Service: Serve between 15° to 18°C.

Food Pairing: Excellent with beef, duck, game, pasta in tomato sauce, pork, and vegetarian dishes.

This winery takes its name from the 1880's one-room school house that had graced the property until it was consumed by fire in the mid 1980's. A unique dry-farmed property, it is nestled amongst the cool, lushly forested slopes of Spring Mountain at approximately 1500 feet (460 metres). Purchased by the Gantner family just after the Depression in 1940, John Gantner, an octogenarian, and his partner Nancy Walker still do some of the vineyard work themselves with the help of their estate manager, Tim Mosher.

Red | Still | 75cl | 13.8% ABV

Recognition: CellarTracker: Vintage 2007: 91pts, Vintage 2008: 93pts, Vintage 2009: 92pts, Vintage 2010: 91pts, Vintage 2011: 92pts, Vintage 2012 : 89pts

Cellaring: Enjoy now and over the next 10-15 years.

Vinification: The three varieties that make up this field blend were, as always, picked and fermented together in open bins, and aged in seasoned barrels, providing an ever so subtle touch of oak.

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