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Rethink Zinfandel With This Award-Winning Bottle

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* 2017 gold medal winner at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
* Grapes sourced from Lodi and Sonoma
* Described as a “luscious fruit bomb”

Forget what you know or think you know about Zinfandels. The white Zinfandel you thought this was, it is not. It’s actually a red from Buena Vista, a Sonoma-based winery that’s been around since 1857 and markets itself as California’s first premium winery. Buena Vista’s 2016 Zinfandel Nouveau is so good that it was just awarded a gold medal.

With over 7,000 entries coming from 28 states, this light to medium-bodied early release red beat out a competitive field at this year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, which is “hailed as the largest competition of American wines in the world.” Though Buena Vista’s red Zinfandel didn’t take home a Sweepstakes, the competition’s highest honor, it did earn gold in the $15-19.99 category.

So what does it taste like? As is the case with early releases, Buena Vista’s Nouveau gives a punch of fresh fruit up front, attributed to this Nouveau’s blend of grapes sourced from two top Zinfandel regions in Lodi and Sonoma. Discerning palettes will notice notes of Bing cherries and raspberries followed quite nicely by a refreshing finish.

If that weren’t enough to get you to try this red, you should know that Buena Vista winery is a favorite of famed wine critic, Robert Parker. So really, what more do you need then that?

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