A Wine for the People- Tierra Divina
Tierra Divina, a project owned by Patrick Campbell, is a vision fulfilled from a lifetime of sampling and loving wine. As a young person Patrick Campbell wasn’t unfamiliar with wine. He tried wine at local Cucamonga wineries where he grew up, enjoyed the “fruit of the gods” in Paris with family and at home with his parents, and drank wine — with both hedonism and reflection — in college. Patrick jokingly explains that he has a degree in neither viticulture nor enology. In short, “I have the proper credentials for winemaking.” Patrick is the founder and former owner of Laurel Glen. Known for its elegance and age-worthiness, Laurel Glen is a Sonoma Mountain cabernet that has been acclaimed as far back as the early 1980s.
In the mid 90s, Patrick decided to purchase grapes from the North Coast and make Terra Rosa, designed to be a reasonably-priced alternative to costly cabernets in the market. REDS, an old-vine blend followed suit. With its catch-phrase “A Wine for the People,” REDS developed a cult following for its creative marketing which positioned it as an everyday, easy-drinking wine. In the later 90s, Patrick discovered vineyards in Chile that were not being utilized to their full potential. He became the first North American producer to make wine in Argentina.
These days, Tierra Divina vineyards are found exclusively in Lodi, the “Zinfandel Capital of the World,” and Mendoza, Argentina where malbecs are the acclaimed varietal. REDS, an old-vine zinfandel blend and ZaZin, are known for being balanced, elegant wines in contrast to many highly-extracted, over-the-top Lodi zins. Terra Rosa, Tierra Divina and Vale la Pena are vineyard-specific, varietally-correct, 100% malbecs. They tend to be less oaky and more balanced than their Mendoza counterparts. Patrick flies to Argentina 5 to 6 times per year to sustainably farm the heritage vineyards in the foothills of the Andes mountains. He makes the wine in Argentina, then ships it up in containers where he barrel-ages and bottles it in Sonoma County.
Representing Tierra Divina in store this week we have Arya Campbell, the eldest daughter of Patrick and Faith Campbell. She travels around the country to represent and promote the wines. She is based in the Bay Area of California.
Tierra Divina Reds :: Reg $15 Sale $13
In the early 1990s. There was a ton of interesting, odd wines on the market that no one wanted. Wines like lambrusco, alicante bouschet, mataro, gamay, petite verdot, barbera, tempranillo, dolcetto, sangiovese, carignane, petite sirah, and so on. What they all had in common was an affinity for the warm climates of Cucamonga and Lodi. Patrick and his winemaker Ray Kaufman sought out these pioneer vineyards, which had long since fallen out of commercial favor. “I soon figured that if I could take a base of that fruity zinfandel and firm it up with some of those odd varietals, we would have an affordable, delicious, robust, and quite complex wine.” Thus was born REDS. The blend has been perfected to just carignane and petite syrah. It pairs great with – as the label says – bistro, burgers, hearty pastas, and pizza!
Tierra Divina Zazin Old Vines :: $18 Sale $16
Traveling around the California wine country, some of the most wonderful vineyards that were discovered were planted a couple of decades after the Gold Rush. Each year Tierra Divina selects the best fruit from these vineyards. These ancient, low-yielding vines produce an intensely concentrated and spicy wine, which are aged in predominantly new French and American oak barrels. The result? ZaZin! Zinfandel often errs on the side of excess fruitiness and over-the-top bright raspberry flavors. Many folks seem to like this quality, particularly when it is bolstered by residual sugar from late-picked fruit. That is not the style of the folks at Tierra Divina. “We have found that harvesting zinfandel at a reasonable sugar level (under 24.5 brix) avoids the raisiny fruit that can result in jammy flavors.” Petite sirah, which is rather neutral on its own, is an ideal blender: its peppery and dark plummy fruit adds complexity while taming zinfandel’s natural exuberance. The 2014 ZaZin is 80% ancient vine zinfandel and 20% petite sirah.
Tierra Divina Malbec Tierra Divina :: $18 Sale $16
The 2015 Tierra Divina comes exclusively from our low-yielding San Carlos vineyard, which explains the richness and ripeness of its fruit compared with malbecs produced from other regions this year. It’s a good drink: robust and full of that dark plum, minerally fruit that comes from high-altitude, ancient vineyard at the foothills of the Andes. Deep in the heart of the Valle de Uco lie two remarkable vineyards. Both sustain ancient and low-yielding vines on the high, rocky plains of the Andes, far south in Mendoza. One yields black fruit of great concentration and depth; the other is more graceful and supple. Both are sustainably farmed to ensure purity of aroma and intensity of flavor. Together they create Tierra Divina, a delicious , exotic, and deeply complex malbec that matches beautifully with hearty pastas, complex latino dishes, and grilled meats.
Tierra Divina Malbec Terra Rossa :: $15 Sale $13
Our ancient vineyards lie high on the slopes of the Andes in the Luján and Valle de Uco regions of Mendoza and produce deep and dark, spicy and aromatic wines that are full with ripe, juicy, black fruit flavors, and inviting, complex textures. In both California and Argentina, the 2014 vintage was stunning. The foundation of the 2014 Terra Rossa is from the oldest vineyard: the 100+ year old property in Perdriel. Here the clay-loam soil retains the sparse winter moisture; in a cooler year, this is a liability, as it seems to inhibit even ripening. But in a moderately warm and unrelentingly even and trouble-free year like 2014, this extra bit of groundwater seems to naturally sustain the maturation of the fruit without much irrigation. Sustainably farmed. Enjoy as the Argentines do, with pizza, pastas, and simply grilled meats
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