If you read my blog often, you probably know I am a big proponent of wines that are balanced and graceful. However, when Valentine’s Day rolls around, I know a lot of people are looking for voluptuous, seductive reds that are generally a little heavier on the alcohol. I had a chance to taste some wines from Rock Wall Wine Co. over the weekend and they are the epitome of decadence!
Rock Wall is housed in a converted 40,000 square-foot airplane hangar in Alameda which was once part of the Alameda Naval Air Base. This urban winery produces a few different varietals, including Petite Sirah, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. If you are looking for one wine to knock the socks (or perhaps other articles of clothing) off of your Valentine, grab a bottle of their 2010 Westphall Ridge Vineyard Rockpile Zinfandel.
Aromas of dark berries and spice are met by a big, luxurious palate. There are flavors of blackberries, cocoa, sweet tobacco and touches of pepper. You will also find hints of minerality in every sip. Rich, decadent and perfect for a romantic meal! ($40, 14.8% alcohol)
My Wine Rating – B+
Food Pairing Suggestions -Pair with a coffee-rubbed filet, seafood stew or rack of lamb.