Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2016 | Exclusive allocation of a new cult favorite
Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2016 presents a dark ruby center with ruby-crimson overtones at the rim. Loads of ripe black plum, black raspberry, dried strawberry, and cedar wood on display. The backdrop is filled with red roses, and a full spectrum of herbs and spices like oregano, thyme, and pink peppercorn. Warm and rich on the palate with great old-vine concentration and a kiss of pine sap on the finish, this is a fantastic effort! Drink now – 2029.
93WE | This deep and concentrated wine seems to have a story to tell. Hints of rosemary and clove accent dark black-cherry and raspberry flavors that layer through the rich texture and seem to accelerate on the finish. So, it’s an unusually expressive and complex Zinfandel. Aged in 37% new French and American barrels and contains 14% Petite Sirah plus smaller amounts of Carignan and Alicante.
Hailing from one of California’s true heritage vineyards. Hence, the Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2016 is easily one of the greatest Zinfandels on the coast. Hence standing shoulder-to-shoulder with giants like Paul Draper’s Ridge “Geyserville” and “Lytton Springs. So, if you love the velour-like texture, staggering ancient-vine concentration, and a dark-fruit core loaded with spice, this has your name on it.
Thanks to Matt Cline, founder Marcus James Bigelow’s historic vines are in no danger of succumbing to the bulldozer’s blade—at least for now. While these gnarled, century-old vines were in danger of being torn asunder for Contra Costa’s Bay Area real estate development magnets. Many other ancient vineyards in the area have been uprooted in the name of progress, often erasing a century’s worth of viticulture. “But not this one,” Cline told us. “I’ve got a stake in the game and no developer is going to uproot a hundred years of history on my watch.”
Winemaker Matt Cline
So in 2015, Cline navigated a fast, intense vintage. While one of the earliest on record and the fourth straight year of drought, making for exceptional quality. Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 is a profoundly pleasurable red blend of 86% rich Zinfandel. In addition containing a smattering of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, and Mataro. Most of all from vines that offer a window into distant California history, hand-planted in days long before Prohibition.