Gilding is a process for applying gold, and in doing so the artist adds more value to an object. The winemaker of Gilded Letter has done the same for this Zinfandel. Full-bodied with firm tannins, the wine is voluptuous and formidable at the same time. Our experts love the richness of the red fruit and chocolate notes, but the real complexity comes with the subtle hints of cracked black pepper and spice. This Lodi wine shines with food, the structure holding up to the hardiest flavors. We think that it will pair perfectly with glazed meats, barbecue, or a steak. It may be gold, but it took home Silver at the 2018 International Women's Wine Competition.
There aren’t many wine regions in the world more diverse than California. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for producing concentrated and expressive grapes over the long growing season. With vineyards on the sea-swept Central Coast; the mountainous, jagged terrain of Northern California; and the storied plots of Napa, winemakers can be exacting in choosing the specific climate and terroir they are looking for when making their wines. Featuring nutrient-rich soils and scores of different microclimates, California is a gift to ambitious winemakers.
This jammy Zinfandel is big and full of flavor. Red fruits dominate, but the notes of black pepper and chocolate give the wine a complexity that's hard to resist. The juicy texture and sweetness compliment sweet glazes, barbecue, and steak.