Ottimino Zinfandel Russian River Valley Rancho Bello 2005
Ripe raspberry, espresso and dried blackberry aromas are anchored by oak and vanillin spice. An absolutely juicy entry is loaded with flavors of boysenberry jam, caramel, black cherry and cinnamon. The tannins are smooth and round and the expansive mid-palate lead to a firm and persistent finish. This quintessential Zinfandel was designed to be versatile with food, and its deceptive heartiness will reward experiments with exotic pairings.
Close enough to the ocean to benefit from the cooling sea breeze yet high enough to be above the fog on many days, this section of the Russian River Valley Appellation is unsurpassed in yielding award winning Zinfandel wine. Winemaker William Knuttel's 25 years experience along with his creativity and intuition guide him as he transforms fruit from Von Weidlich, Rancho Bello, and Ottimino Vineyards into unparalleled wine.