Maker: Asti Winery
Packaging: bottle, natural cork
Our Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Cellar No. 8 Zinfandel 2003 starts with a wonderful aroma – spice, with overtones of fine tobacco and leather. The flavor is jammy and complex, with smooth berry flavors mixed with mild tannins and oak that lead into a lengthy, slightly acidic, finish. This is a wine that can be enjoyed alone or with any food that needs bold accompaniment. Virginie tried this wine, and found some interesting licorice and strawberry flavors.
Cellar No. 8 is a brand of Asti Winery that only produces red wines:
Purchased by Beringer Blass Wine Estates in 1988, Asti Winery is still making major contributions to winemaking today. Led by Paul Rydquist, director of winemaking at Asti, the winemaking team has borrowed from the region’s heritage to create Cellar No. 8, a series of intense red wines from California’s North Coast appellation. The original Cellar No. 8 is an actual cellar at the Asti Winery where Sbarboro would age his red wine barrels. Today, Cellar No. 8 honors and reflects the tradition of winemaking at Asti.
All of the Cellar No. 8 wines are made with grapes from California’s North Coast, which includes coastal and inland valleys and hillsides in Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake Counties. We’re looking forward to trying the Cabernet and Merlot, too.