Wines

2014 Estate Zinfandel

  • Varieties:
    100% Zinfandel
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.9
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    14.9%
  • Acidity:
    0.67g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.68
  • Residual sugar:
    0.15 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    August 19, 2016
  • Cases produced:
    500
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Early! Budbreak in 2014 was nearly 3 weeks early with great growing conditions: No frost, warm days/cool nights during the growing season with harvest finishing 10 days early. While quality is excellent due to tiny berry size, yields were small due to our 3rd year of drought.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested and crushed into a stainless fermentor, then inoculated 24 hours later with RX-60 yeast. The must was pumped over twice daily for 13 days prior to pressing. After completion of malolactic fermentation, this wine was aged in Hungarian & American oak barrels for 20 months prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense, explosive aromas of red raspberries,with notes of blackberry and bittersweet chocolate. Elegant tannins with vibrant berry flavors complimented by hints of oak and a racy, crisp finish.

Cellaring:
While delightful now, this concentrated Zinfandel will continue to develop in the bottle with proper cellaring for another 4-6 years with a plateau of best drinkability from 2017-2021.

Food selection:
We believe this Zinfandel enhances any number of meals with rich sauces (especially red). It continues to be our favorite red wine with seafood and chicken dishes.