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Clos LaChance winemaker Stephen Tebb
has an adept hand with everything from
Pinot Noir and Viognier to Zinfandel.
What You Need To Know
In 1987, Hewlett-Packard executive
Bill Murphy and his wife, Brenda LaChance Murphy, planted a few
rows of vines in their backyard, located west of San Jose in the
foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Today their “hobby winery
run amok” is one of the leading family-owned estates in
California’s northern Central Coast, with more than 150 acres of
vines in nearby San Martin and the Santa Cruz Mountains. In the
dicey 2010 vintage—an unseasonably cool and wet one by
California standards—Tebb managed to fashion this luscious,
plummy Zinfandel. The cooler weather, and the vineyards’ location
near the coast, keeps Zinfandel’s alcohol in check, resulting
in a refreshingly juicy take on this fruity grape.
Ripe and fruity, with
blackberry, clove and
flavors with a hint of bay leaf.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Terrific with ribs, burgers,
barbecue, or boldly flavored
pork, poultry and pizza.