The New Additions
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet” – The William Shakespeare
Who can go wrong starting off a post with a little quote by the infinitely quotable William Shakespeare? Wait…don’t answer that. Before I address the topic of our “new additions” I need to go over a little “name change” first…well, more like a “name adjustment” (semantics, you know). This past summer, we introduced our Della Casa line of wines, the first bottlings being a Cabernet Sauvignon, a red blend, and a white blend. So now, along with introducing two new wines, we have a little addendum to the Della Casa name- now also referred to as our Appellation Series. Why the addendum? Well, that partly goes back to our two new wines, our Della Casa Chardonnay and Della Casa Zinfandel. Confused? Lemme ‘splain.
Naggiar specializes in Rhone and Italian varietals. This is a conscious choice as the grapes going into those wines grow best in our little slice of Sierra Foothill appellation heaven. But what happens when your customer base wants a Chardonnay or a Zinfandel? Chardonnay, along with Pinot Noir, does not do well in the Sierra Foothill appellation. Zinfandel actually does grow really well here, we just don’t have the right clone planted, YET. The solution? Create a series of wines made from grapes that come from appellations specializing in them… an Appellation Series if you will. Chardonnay doesn’t grow well here? Get some from Sonoma County- BAM! Zinfandel not cutting it here? Amador County Zin- boom. And if you are more of a Cab or Pinot Noir fan- got ya covered- those are in the works!
Wow- I just noticed how I started off with Shakespeare and semantics and ended with BAM and boom. Better get to the wines…
Our 2013 Della Casa Sonoma Chardonnay comes from two vineyards in Sonoma. It was tank fermented and then aged in oak for 6 months resulting in a well-balanced and bright Chardonnay with flavors and aromas of tropical fruit, apples, and a touch of vanilla. Pair this wine with white-sauced pasta dishes, seafood- clam linguini, anyone?- or light chicken dishes.
Our 2013 Della Casa Amador Zinfandel comes from the famed Shake Ridge Vineyard, just outside the town of Sutter. Actually a blend of Zinfandel and Primitivo, it was aged for almost 2 years in American oak. Loaded with flavors and aromas of blackberries, black cherries, Lavender and cocoa, this Zin pairs well with roasted meats, particularly ones accompanied with a fruit reduction.
Now for the great news- both wines are included in our amazing annual holiday case promotion! A perfect way to get to know our 2 new additions.