by Monty & Rebecca Murphy
Zinfandel, like this one from Trinitas Winery, is a great wine for backyard barbecues. Its juicy strawberry and blackberry fruit with an inkling of lavender and dark chocolate will work with barbecue sauces, especially those with a bit of sweetness. The fruit is kept fresh and lively with acidity, and the wine finishes with smooth, ripe tannins that make the wine a pleasure to drink.
The Napa Valley-based winery uses grapes from growers in different areas of California. The grapes for this wine come from two vineyards in Mendocino County, north of Napa. Winemaker Kevin Mills says he likes the grapes from this region because of the ripeness that comes from the long growing season. "The Indian summers never seem to fail me," he says. He says the grapes from the Conrado Vineyard are "all strawberry preserves, while the JMR vineyard shows more dark fruit, blackberry, plum and a touch of classic zinfandel briar notes. I think the wine is delicious." So do we.