Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wine of the Week - Wild Hog Nova Vineyard Zinfandel

Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld opened Wild Hog, an entirely solar and hydro powered winery, in 1990; and became some of the first ‘minimalist’ winemakers to emerge in the American wine scene.They decided to keep harvests small, seeking out the pure flavor and balance in their wines, a break from typical California wine. Wild Hog's Nova Zinfandel, the first featured wine of 2018, is a beautiful example of this non-interventionist style of wine making. It's pure expression of the Zinfandel varietal will impress and delight a variety of wine lovers. Full of fresh dark fruits, it is well balanced with a medium body and an impressive finish. Given it's lighter and more balanced profile, the Wild Hog Nova Zinfandel can be paired with not just barbeque, but tuna, and japanese dishes with ponzu sauce. 

Seated at the headwaters of Wild Hog Creek in the wilds of the Sonoma coast, Wild Hog Vineyard is a 110-acre family owned and operated farm, winery, and vineyard in the hills between Cazadero and Fort Ross. Owners Daniel and Marion Schoenfeld specialize in organically farmed and vinified estate Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. They also make a 100% Carignane, which they source from Dry Creek Valley, as well as Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Cabernet. Unlike other early California wineries that went on to much notoriety, Wild Hog has kept a remarkably low profile. They strive to create honest wines of excellent concentration at modest cost.


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