1000 Stories Wines just launched in British Columbia and we got a chance to try their 2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel. If you’re unfamiliar with 1000 Stories, they are a small-lot winery from California, specializing in bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel. They decided to focus on Zinfandel as it grows well in Californian soil and it flavours are accentuated by the bourbon barrels. The winery is founded by winemaker, Bob Blue as a nod to the way things were by utilizing bourbon barrels instead of American and French oak wine barrels to enhance the complexity of the Zinfandel.
You can find this in BC Liquor stores and retails for around $29.99.
2016 Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel
To be honest, I am not a red wine drinker, but I like to try things in hopes that one day a red wine agrees with my palate. It is a dry wine and I enjoyed the smooth tannins. I could sense the fruity aroma of cherries, berries and a hint of spice at the end.
It can be paired with BBQ meats, aged cheeses, and of course anything with chocolate. A well-priced wine for an occasion and I would get this again.
The winery supports the Wildlife Conservation Society in an effort to restore natural habitats for the bison population. Even though the bison population has been rising due to great conservation efforts, there are still not a large population that range freely. With each purchase, you are supporting programs to reintroduce bison into sustainable healthy environments where they may thrive and contribute to the different ecosystems.