The Havills grow Primitivo, Zinfandel, Grenache, Vermentino, Grenache Blanc, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Mourvedre, sustainably without pesticides, as well as three types of olives.
Bella Grace grows four clones of Zinfandel in their estate block, vines which are eight to 16 years old. The 2015 vintage was early, from bud break to harvest, but no unusual events were reported. The Bella Grace Estate Zinfandel Amador County 2015 was a double gold award-winner in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
The wine spent 18 months in French oak barrels, a quarter of which were new. The alcohol level sits at 14.2% abv and the wine sells for $34.
This Zinfandel sports a nose of blackberries and plums, laced with a generous helping of clove, nutmeg, cigar box, smoke and vanilla. Eighteen months in oak is a long time. A peppery note lies underneath and carries through, more prominently, on the palate. Flavors of dark fruit mix with herbs and spices for a delightful sip. The tannins are fairly forceful and the finish plays long and dark.