Wines

2009 Quasi (Late Harvest Zinfandel)

Late Harvest Zinfandel Port (sold out)

  • Varieties:
    100% Zinfandel (plus brandy)
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    33.5
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    20.1%
  • Residual sugar:
    7.50 g/100 mls
  • Date bottled:
    April 14, 2011
  • Cases produced:
    289
  • Retail Price:
    $ 32.00

Growing conditions:
2009 featured yet another dry winter plus multiple spring frosts followed a relatively normal budbreak. Erractive weather (April, May and June all had days nearing 100) caused irregular set in some varieties. October yielded nearly 8 inches of rain making 2009 one of the most challenging vintages since the infamous 1998 vintage.

Winemaking:
Hand-harvested, destemmed and crushed into a stainless fermentor, then inoculated 24 hours later with d254 yeast. The must was pumped over twice daily for 8 days prior to the addition of brandy to halt fermentation. After pressing and settling, this wine was aged in French oak barrels for 18 months prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense, deep aromas of black raspberry jam with notes of chocolate and toffee. Soft tannins complimented with spicy oak and a lingering rich finish.

Cellaring:
While delightful now, this concentrated zinfandel port will continue to develop in the bottle with proper cellaring for another 10-15 years with a plateau of best drinkability from 2015-2025.Intense, deep aromas of black raspberry jam with notes of chocolate and toffee. Soft tannins complimented with spicy oak and a lingering rich finish.

Food selection:
Think romance!! This zinfandel port enhances many desserts especially chocolate or pungent cheeses. It continues to be our favorite wine for sipping by a roaring fire.