Life’s An Adventure
Here’s To Those Who Drink It Up.
Entrepreneur Jennifer Brown and Winemaker Alison Frichtl Hollister are gutsy, intense and inspired – just like the new BACA wine brand they launched on May 5 during a larger than life launch party at HALL St. Helena. The next-gen trailblazers are embarking on a journey to share high-quality Zinfandel with a modern wine consumer.
“When we set out to create the BACA brand, we had one mission in mind: to make luxury, craft Zinfandels that are nuanced, honest, and current,” says Director of BACA Wines, and daughter of Vintner Kathryn Hall. “We saw a gap in the market with the Zinfandel varietal, so we set out to create a luxury Zin brand aimed at the curious and the adventuresome while focusing on quality.”
BACA is Latin for berry, which is what inspired the team sourcing fruit from some of California’s most noted growing regions—Russian River, Rockpile, Howell Mountain, and Paso Robles. We source the most intriguing Zinfandel grapes for our wines. They are transformed using masterful winemaking techniques into wines that reflect the unique places in which they’re grown. The result is four complex, charismatic Zinfandels that pair beautifully with both food and adventure.
The inagural vintage of 2016 BACA wines include:
• “Cat’s Cradle” Zinfandel – Rockpile AVA
Rustic flavors like brambly and stony fruit aren’t found in your typical Zinfandel flavor spectrum. Then again, with its complex undertones of terra cotta fruit, violets, and black pepper, Cats Cradle isn’t a typical Zinfandel. It’s a big wine, with a sensation of opulent extract on the mid-palate and well-built tannin carries through the lengthy finish. Pop it open with friends and delight in the witty repartee.
• “Tug O’ War” Zinfandel – Maffei Vineyard, Russian River Valley
This is a serious wine that seriously ups the ante. Its nose is classic Russian River: fresh, dark fruits like strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, and pomegranate. But despite its ripe, fruity nose, its palate is decidedly, surprisingly vibrant – dense, concentrated, structured, layered, with a glorious acidity. Tug O War is long lived so it will age well. Pair it with a strong dish—this wine can hold its own.
• “I Spy” Zinfandel – Howell Mountain AVA
I Spy …with my little eye a meadow of grasses, flowers, fresh raspberries, blackberries, and black pepper. Breathe it in and you have I Spy, a gorgeously perfumed Zinfandel with a refreshing mid-palate weight and a juicy finish. It’s a wine for explorers, ideal for adventures off the beaten path. (Don’t forget the binoculars.)
• “Double Dutch” Dusi Vineyard – Paso Robles
Hold on tight – this one has a big personality with aromas of black cherry and black currant, nuanced by notes of celery seed, black pepper, and licorice. It’s concentrated, with fantastic acidity and a plush mouthfeel with just the right amount of tannic structure on the back palate. The finish is luxurious and long. It’s perfect shared over rousing conversation with friends new and old.
“I grew up in a creative household and I’ve always viewed the world through an artistic eye; I draw, paint, and make prints,” says BACA Winemaker, Alison Frichtl Hollister. “That way of looking at the world, fresh, new and intuitive, directs and focuses how I look at this project. At a basic level winemaking is chemistry and microbiology, but it takes someone with an ability to find beauty in the organic, chaotic part of the process. And that’s where my eye for art and my degree in biology just made a good synthesis.”
For those looking to explore new world BACA Zinfandel and taste through the inaugural 2016 wines, visit www.bacawines.com and on social @bacawines #bacawines.