Rustico is a ‘western themed’ winery and slightly kitschy. Isabella’s Poke? Threesome? If you have to rely on the kitsch to sell your wine…
I will say it’s interesting that they grow Zinfandel as there are so few places growing it in the Okanagan. Native to Puglia, the back calf of the boot in Italy, and also the quintessentially Californian red, Zinfandel is unusual for BC. It demands a lot of heat to ripen and after this bottle, I remain unconvinced.
This wine shows ripe raspberry, blackberry, anise and licorice. There’s also lots of baking spice and clove as well with a medium garnet core. The finish is disappointing though and the alcohol hot – unbalanced.
Only WSET Acceptable, we drank it with BBQ chicken and spicy spaghetti.
Remind me to tell you of my Rustico experience. And don’t forget that Zinfandel also has its DNA linked to Plavc Mali, a Croatian grape.
Yes, the owner was quite inappropriate – he made several completely racist remarks to several guys there at the tasting with us. I was really appalled. As for zinfandel, I thought it was cjrljenak kastelanski (I can never spell that Croatian grape’s name)…Either way, Primitivo/Zinfandel seems to have lots of ‘roots’.