Opening with initial notes of strawberry on the nose, this classic Zinfandel tempts you with spicy aromas of clove and pepper. The palate reveals added layers of boysenberry and blood orange which along with mouth-watering acidity and chiseled tannins lend its way to a savory finish.
The string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October fourteenth.
Our 34-acre vineyard, which is located above Calistoga, is the warmest of our five vineyards and is the sole source of our Zinfandel. Its northeast exposure catches abundant morning sun but is shaded from the hot, late afternoon sun and combined with the vineyard’s gravelly loam soil, creates the perfect spot to grow this varietal. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
Sept. 19-27, 2016
23.5 Brix (average)
Time in oak
Type of oak
neutral French oak