Our inspiration for this wine comes from two sources - the earliest wines made at Montevina in Amador and a series of blends that were named Arte and crafted by Domenico Clerico in Italy’s Piemonte region. Now you are probably wondering why? Mountain grown in the favor zone!
Montevina was essentially California’s first new, exciting winery project in our foothills, while Clerico’s Arte was a novel approach to blending and aging. It was also a minor revelation during Piemonte’s late 20th century revitalization. We thought now for something totally different!
It is highly unlikely our ‘BZ’ (Barbera & Zinfandel) blend from the foothills (in this instance El Dorado) will ever become as ubiquitous as a Central Coast ‘GSM’ (a three letter acronym for Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre) but as Bill Graham once famously said of the Grateful Dead…
“Not only are they the best at what they do, they are the only ones doing what they do.”