The 2017 Zinfandel is grown in the Byecroft Road Vineyard in Pleasant Valley. The alpine breezes flowing down off the Sierra Nevada cool these 2600’ elevation mountain vineyards and allow the grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity. These vines are cane pruned to allow for more even ripening and balanced crop levels.
The grapes were sorted and de-stemmed. Musts were cold soaked for 3 days then inoculated with cultured yeasts. Manual punch downs were carried out three times a day, with a total maceration time of 14 days. To showcase the elegant side of Zinfandel aging was done in 100% French oak with about 30% new integrating the oak flavors with the fruit. The wine was aged in Barrel for 22 months before bottling without fining or filtration.
Like a sumo wrestler this wine has great strength and structure but draped on those good bones are ample layers of soft, rich and supple fruits with bold acidity and a racy wrap of pepper and spice. This Zinfandel displays strength and balance yet epitomizes grace and harmony. The intensity and depth of fruit is balanced by a silky smooth palate and long finish. This wine layers in notes of bright berry aromas and creamy vanilla and spice.
Blend: 94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah