About This Wine
Ballentine Vineyards provides the backdrop for a great Napa Valley love story.
Mr. Van and the future Mrs. Betty Ballentine met as children. Betty was part of a piano recital at the valley’s Tucker Farm Center, and she still vividly recalls Van’s glances. It turned out that both were winery kids, and even though they attended different schools, they eventually married. It is a happy marriage that has lasted more than 50 years.
The only thing more enduring in Van’s life has been the annual picking of the winegrapes. He now has worked more than 60 harvests in the valley, and the family now owns 100 acres of vineyards in three prime valley locations. Through most of those years, the Ballentine family sold the bulk of their grapes to such famous names as Mondavi, Ravenswood and Rosenblum.
They began making and bottling some of their own wines in 1992, and the Block 9 Reserve Zinfandel is among our favorites — floral, fruitful, spicy... and crafted with love.
California's own grape variety. Red Zinfandel (not to be confused with "white" Zinfandel) can produce full-bodied wines packed with ripe berry fruit and smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberries and spicy pepper.
- Grape Composition:95% Zinfandel & 5% Syrah
- Grape Source:Estate Vineyard in Napa Valley, Calif.
- Aromas & Flavors:Violets, Jammy Raspberry, Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry and Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:American & French Oak Barrels for 17 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2011
- Food Pairing Suggestionbarbecued meats, a pepper steak, or spicy Italian sausages.
17 recipes match for this wine.
Pork Tenderloin With Tart Cherry Port And Caraway Sauce This delicious recipe from Sonoma County's J. Fritz Winery matches beautifully with almost any red wine. It makes 4 to 6 servings. Get The Recipe
Cabernet Sauvignon Ice Cream Our friends at Alexander Valley Vineyards came up with this wonderful recipe a few years ago. We've tried it with Cabernet Sauvignon as the recipe calls for, as well as Merlot, Primitivo, Cabernet Franc and Zinfandel... and every time, it turns out delicious! It's best made with an ice cream maker, and if you have such a machine, it's extremely easy to assemble. Enjoy! Get The Recipe