I received a sample of Scotto Family Cellars wine. As always, all opinions are my own.
The aroma of fresh ripe blackberries and other dark, rich red fruit are boldly present on the nose of the Scotto Family Cellars Old Vine Zinfandel 2011, along with some hints of spice. Grapes grown on 50-year old vines in the Sandy soils of the Mokelumne Rover AVA supply the harvest for Scotto Family Cellars signature varietal. Their older vines and clones lead to wines with deep, intense flavors and firm yet approachable tannins. This Old Vine Zinfandel is a nice, full bodied wine with lots of fresh ripe blackberries and cherries on the palate, vanilla and spice, followed by a bit of pepper, and a nice long finish.
The Scotto Family Cellars wines have a long history. Dominic Scotto purchased grapes from Lodi's Alexander family just after prohibition to create wines in the basement of his wine shop in Brooklyn in a store that remains open today. The Scottos have been making wine for five generations, dating back to southern Italy since before the turn of the 20th century. Dominic sold his wines from a wooden cart in in the Italian neighborhoods in New York beginning in 1903. Two generations later they moved to California just in time for the 1963 harvest.
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