Schoolhouse Vineyard Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend 2010

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Independent wine stores like Marquis Wine Cellars on Davie do much to broaden the wine culture of the city and introduce citizens and industry members to interesting new wines from small producers ignored by the government stores. This wine is a perfect example of the value added to the city’s wine scene by stores like Marquis.

A small winery in the Spring Mountain AVA of Napa Valley that gets little media attention, Schoolhouse is making impressively structured and restrained wines that are still a rarity in the state, particularly for Zinfandel. Schoolhouse makes a field blend from estate fruit (Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Carignan), much like Ridge, that emphasizes savoriness and structure over fruit power and oak. But, the wine retains the fundamental deliciousness of the grapes.

The dry-farmed vines were planted in 1890 and exhibit the character you would expect from a great ‘mixed blacks’ old vine site. The grapes are picked and fermented together in open bins and aged in used barrels. The wine is certainly age-worthy though, as you would expect, quite drinkable now as well.

There is a sad state of affairs in B.C. where the opening up of the province and its major cities to wine in grocery store is set to devastate the independent liquor store market, hurting the industry deeply. It is incumbant on everyone who cares about the wine scene in the Province and in the city of Vancouver to strongly support the independent stores that matter lest they wither and die with the onslaught of mass-produced plonk sold as loss-leaders in a commodity-focused grocery store.

Excellent
$55 (tax included) at Marquis Wine Cellars

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