There’s a big green truck rolling in to town, and it’s not the kind that picks up your trash cans! If you haent’ heard by now, Clif Family Winery has expanded their St. Helena operation to include the Clif Family Bruschetteria Food Truck, replete with northern Italian menu options that are magically created to pair with the wines.
Porchetta Bruschetta paired with 2012 Oak Knoll Chardonnay. The juicy porchetta was perfectly rich for the Chardonnay, which was aged in 50% new French Oak for a delicate creaminess while still maintaining the fruit. I loved the fresh, clean citrus notes that were followed by a mineral, flinty finish which paired perfectly with the fattiness of the pork.
Pomodoro Bruschetta paired with 2011 Kit’s Killer Cabernet – coming from the slopes of Howell Mountain, Kit’s Killer Cab is bursting her green herbs, as well as bright red fruit and, chewy fig, and tobacco leaf. This combination of a higher acid wine was perfect for the tomato based Pomodoro Bruschetta, which was oozing with garlic and goat cheese.
Finally, the Funghi Bruscetta with 2011 Gary’s Improv Zinfandel. As someone who has kind of a thing for mushrooms, the aromas wafted over to my nose even before they served it, and I couldn’t wait to dive in. Seasonal mushrooms are slathered with Fontina cheese and fresh herbs, and perfectly toasted. The Gary’s Improv Zinfandel, also from Howell Mountain, is a lovely example of high elevation fruit that shows both the brambleberry, dark blue and black fruit notes that are the hallmark of Zinfandel, but also the spice rack and acid pop that are classic Howell Mountain. The earthy hard spices were a perfect match for the funghi!
With only 4,000 cases produced, winemaker Laura Barrett, who just joined in 2014 after a stint at Casey Flat Ranch, is able to focus on specific fruit sources that are both Estate and sourced fruit. Picking just the right vineyard, she is able to craft small lot wines of distinction, and serve them with the perfect companion bites.