Wines

2013 Estate Zinfandel

  • Varieties:
    100% Zinfandel
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.3
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    14.6%
  • Acidity:
    0.66 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.57
  • Residual sugar:
    0.29 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    May 08, 2015
  • Cases produced:
    599
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Perfect! 2013 had great growing conditions, with minimal April frost, warm days/cool nights in July and August then a full Indian summer in mid-September. Vineyard yields were normal despite low winter rainfall while the quality appears excellent due to small berry size.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested and crushed into a stainless fermentor, then inoculated 24 hours later with D80 yeast. The must was pumped over twice daily for 12 days prior to pressing. After completion of malolactic fermentation, this wine was aged in Hungarian & American oak barrels for 17 months prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense, explosive aromas of black raspberries,with notes of boysenberry and bittersweet chocolate. Elegant tannins with vibrant berry flavors complimented with spicy oak and a lingering rich 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.