Bonterra Vineyards, (Fetzer)
Mendocino, Calif., USA
Dark intensive purple-red color. Nose: Intensive fruit, smelling sweet of dark fruits, (it says raspberry on the lable, but I could not find those) plum and chocolate, some vanilla and spicyness. Alcohol. Palate: Plum, dark berries, plum, dark berries (as in a lot of fruit), spices (pepper). Tannins very smooth. Acidity: yes. A (mouth filling) full-bodied wine with a good balance. 14.5 %abv. A little too bold (fruit/alcohol), little simple, for my (very personal) taste. I really liked their Chardonnay, though. ☺
Served with dark meats, dishes with good texture. We had it with roulades (filled with Parma ham and onion/garlic mixture) and it was a nice match.
Zinfandel is the signature grape of California and is believed to originate from Croatia, first planted in San Diego around 1850. Italy's Primitivo comes from the same Croatian grape variety Crljenak Kastelanski. It seems pointless to try to figure out which one (Zinfandel/Primitivo) was first or not and really... isn't very important, either...