The Heritage Oak Winery Wine Club Selection Committee has been hard at it again choosing the just perfect, best tasting wine for the Spring 2017 Wine Club Recommendations. Once again, Tom rolled up his sleeves, tasted his way through new releases, and some favorites, to select five particularly tasty wines with which to challenge the Selection Committee with a blind tasting. In addition to the usual core group (Tom and Carmela [of course], Hailey and Ron [another of course], and Arta and yours truly), we were ably supported by wine club groupies, Ranai and Dennis Jones, and Merle Franz and his two lovely daughters Amy and Abby. And the winners are . . . drum roll please . . . 2014 Italian Blend and 2014 Bartlam Zinfandel.
In case you haven’t been by the winery for the past month or so, Tom has released a number of new red wine blends. Out of those new blends, the Selection Committee picked the 2014 Italian Blend. This wine is a fresh, fruity, aromatic, lively wine blended from primarily Sangiovese with a little Barbera and Primitivo. Ruby red in the glass with aromas of red cherries and spice, this wine does not disappoint on the palate. Lively, juicy red cherries dance in your mouth finishing off with lingering spicy nuance. Tom aged this blend with very little exposure to oak to focus on the wonderful fruit of these grapes. I for one really like what Tom is doing with all his new blends and the 2014 Italian Blend is right in there as a hit. My feeling is the more blends, the more fun, more “Yay!”
And then comes the perennial favorite — Bartlam Zinfandel. We sold out of the 2013 Bartlam (so sad) not long ago, but were fortunate to have the 2014 Bartlam ready to fill the needs of all you certified Bartlam fans. The deep red intensity of the color in the glass just hints at the full-throated flavor of Zinfandel to follow. Dark cherry and blackberry flavors finish off with wonderful coating of vanilla all over your palate. No wonder Bartlam Zinfandel is a perennial favorite.
So, there you have it! The Wine Club Selection Committee did their homework (I know, I know . . . tough duty, but someone has to do it!) and came up with two wildly different, but wonderful selections for your enjoyment. Enjoy the wine, enjoy the moment.
And, oh yeah! a PS. If you haven’t tasted all of Tom’s new red blends, come on by the winery for a taste. You will find it worth your while.
- Posted by Jim Curtis
- On May 19, 2017
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