Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 | Exclusive allocation of a new cult favorite
Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 presents Inky black with violet hues. Terrifically powerful aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, and bramble lift from the glass. While on entry pure silken boysenberry fruit mingles with creamy black cherry compote tinged with crushed purple floral notes. Yet only Matt Cline can coax the kind of massive old-vine concentration out of these ancient vines. And while balancing rich and supple tannins with a vibrant acid backbone. Dense, but light on its feet with a satiny texture through and through. Most of all a total crowd-pleaser.
93WE | A dash of spicy oak livens this big, ripe and fruity wine from the aromas through the flavors and on through the finish. Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 delivers notes of toast, nutmeg and cedar blend seamlessly with raspberry and ripe plum. While firm tannins and full body give it a good sense of weight and structure.
Hailing from one of California’s true heritage vineyards, Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 is easily one of the greatest Zinfandels on the coast. Hence standing shoulder-to-shoulder with giants like Paul Draper’s Ridge “Geyserville” and “Lytton Springs. If you love the velour-like texture, staggering ancient-vine concentration, and a dark-fruit core loaded with spice, this has your name on it.
Thanks to Matt Cline, founder Marcus James Bigelow’s historic vines are in no danger of succumbing to the bulldozer’s blade—at least for now. These gnarled, century-old vines were in danger of being torn asunder for Contra Costa’s Bay Area real estate development magnets. Many other ancient vineyards in the area have been uprooted in the name of progress, often erasing a century’s worth of viticulture. “But not this one,” Cline told us. “I’ve got a stake in the game and no developer is going to uproot a hundred years of history on my watch.”
Winemaker Matt Cline
So in 2015, Cline navigated a fast, intense vintage. While one of the earliest on record and the fourth straight year of drought, making for exceptional quality. Three Wine Company Bigelow Zinfandel 2015 is a profoundly pleasurable red blend of 86% rich Zinfandel. In addition containing a smattering of Petite Sirah, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane, and Mataro. Most of all from vines that offer a window into distant California history, hand-planted in days long before Prohibition.