Friday, May 23, 2008
Recruit me sargent.
My friend, Bill, is sommelier at numerous restos in town (Cobras in Los feliz, on Beverly and 750ml in Pasadena.) I asked him to make a recommendation from Sgt. Recruiter, the new super cute Frenchy bar right next to Cobras on Hollywood.
He is recommending Bucklin, Old Hill Ranch, Zinfandel, 2005, $60 a bottle. I thought this was a good one because I never seem to recommend domestic wine! Bill says this wine is "desirable and inviting makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside" (loosely quoted :) Its so freaking cold! It's totally perfect for the bone chilling night.
Bucklin is a field blend, meaning they take whatever grapes are in the vineyard and throw them all in together. It is 80% Zinfandel, but has at least 10 different varieties in it including Petit Sirah, Grenche, Carignan, Tannat, Mourvedre. They have a crazy cool map on their website of the vineyard. Incidentally for you Zin fans, the grapes used to be sold to Ravenswood and now the family makes their own wine. Only 600 cases produced. At over 15% alcohol, don't forget to call a cab!