2017 LeVois Zinfandel – Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley is the ideal cool-climate growing area for Zinfandel. Within the appellation, you’ll find that many growers prefer working with older vine Zinfandel, which provides supple, concentrated fruit for winemaking. The LeVois vineyard has been growing Zinfandel since 1994. The grapes are grown at a 1,000 feet elevation, this allows Zinfandel to ripen beautifully. Moreover, the soil from this vineyard is red and acidic, which characterizes aromatic fruit and acid as the backbone of these Zinfandels. T-Vine has worked with LeVois since 2016.
Nose: This highly aromatic Zinfandel greets the nose with notes of freshly baked mixed berry pie, red currant, and black pepper. There is a savory quality to the LeVois as well, exhibiting balsamic and white truffle as tertiary notes.
Palate: On the palate, the 2017 LeVois is a classic example of Sonoma Zinfandel. The cool, coastal climate in Dry Creek Valley results in a lower alcohol Zinfandel and moderate tannins on the mouthfeel. Black pepper, mixed berries, and mushroom with an acidic backbone and dry finish make this wine ideal for a food pairing setting.
Food pairings: Since the 2017 LeVois tends to be on the lighter-bodied side with low tannins, it is recommended to enjoy this wine with grilled sausages, lamb, or tomato-based sauces (did someone say pizza?).