I had the pleasure of tasting a bottle of 2003 Zinfandel from Barra of Mendocino the other night. Barra is a divison of Girasole Vineyards and all of Barra’s grapes are organically grown in the Redwood Valley Appelation.
This vintage was 92% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah with a Harvest Brix of 25 and 14.3% alcohol content. The wine was the perfect pairing for my dinner of beef brisket, noodle kugle and peas. It had a big berry taste of black fruit and spice flavors that enveloped my palate.
Charlie Barra, whose family has a long history as growers of fine wine grapes in France and Italy, is the winemaster. In fact, the 2003 vintage was his 58th harvest.
A: P.O. Box 196, 10801 East Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470.