New word of the month: Garbellotto pronounced “GAR BELL LOTTO”. Add an Italian accent and the word Garbellotto rolls right off your tongue. So too will our new premium wines, a Lodi Zinfandel and Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon , both aged in Old World Garbellotto oak barrels.
Since 1775, Italian manufacturer, Garbellotto has been producing oak barrels, casks and vats for wine, spirits and beer, using only the highest quality timber from European forests in France, Slavonia and Germany. After aging the oak for a several years, Garbellotto Barrels are hand coopered with generations of expertise and skill. Each wine barrel undergoes toasting, which helps stabilize the wine’s tannins and enhance its natural flavors and aromas.
We’re especially proud of our new Zinfandel, not only due to its special barrel but because its grapes come from Lodi, California. Known as the unofficial “Zinfandel Capitol of the World “, this area is rich with fine loamy soil and ”old vine " Zinfandel grapevines. In addition, its mild Mediterranean climate makes for ideal growing conditions, producing bold, spicy wines with fruity aromas and silky tannins.
We’re equally proud of another new introduction, our Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in Garbellotto barrels, for 22 months. With its long summer days and short cool nights, Walla Walla, Washington is a winemaker’s dream. Although many rivers flow through this region, Walla Walla has very little rainfall. Grape growers thus have more control on the amount of water their vines receive. These factors combined with its mineral rich soil, consistently result in producing lush, full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.
Oh but there is more….
To make things just a bit more interesting, we decided to split the production of Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon and Lodi Zinfandel. Half of this premium wine was aged in the Garbellotto Barrels and the other half in French- American Hybrid barrels. Taste both and compare the difference a barrel can make.
We are thrilled to announce that both varietals aged in the Garbellotto barrels were recently entered into competition and won medals. Lodi Zinfandel a Gold Medal, Walla Walla Cabernet Sauvignon a Silver Medal.
We are excited for you to taste our luscious new premium reds, launching this Memorial Day weekend. Stop by and give them a try.