Wines

2015 Estate Zinfandel

  • Varieties:
    100% Zinfandel
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles -Templeton Gap
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.7
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    14.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.72g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.65
  • Residual sugar:
    0.14 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    September 22, 2017
  • Cases produced:
    239
  • Retail Price:
    $ 24.00

Growing conditions:
Challenging: 2015: Early budbreak and erractic temperature swings. No frost, but cool, windy weather during bloom led to shatter in many varieties. Early harvest with excellent quality due to tiny berry size, while yields were miniscule due to the on-going drought and poor set.

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.