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2020 Zinfandel

The 2020 Zinfandel displays flavors of black cherry, wild blackberries, fresh-ground black pepper, with a crisp fruit finish. Pairs best with pasta & BBQ.

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Vineyard Notes

Appellation Estate Fruit from our Sierra Foothills Vineyards. Exposure | Hillsides Trellis | VSP Soils | Sandy loam, with a decomposed granite geological influence Climate | Continental, warm dry days and cool nights with 40F temperature shifts

Production Notes

Destemming, Fermentation & Pressing| Destemmed, 3 day cold soak with partial carbonic maceration and natural yeast present, 10 day fermentation with punch downs & pumpovers, 4 day extended maceration. Pressed direct to barrels on full lees and aged 20 months before blending, then married in tank for 1 month before bottling. Aging | 35% new French & Minnesota oak, 65% neutral oak for 20 months on full sur lies contact with monthly stirring.

Pairings

Pairs best with pasta & BBQ.

Wine Profile

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Vintage 2020
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Zinfandel
Varietal Composition 97% Zinfandel 3% Souzao
Appellation Sierra Foothills
Sugar 24.5 Brix
Acid 6.2
PH 3.43
Barrel Aging 20 months
Alcohol % 13.8
Size 750 ml

Winemaker Notes

Since Zinfandel naturally has very uneven ripening—meaning that each grape in a cluster will be at different ripeness levels from each other—you have a wide range of green, red, and purple berries in the cluster. Most wineries wait until the green berries are ripe, which means the purple berries have already started to raisin—this makes for an over the top, prune flavored wine with a sweet flavor and cocktail-strength alcohol. We are not most wineries, we pick our Zinfandel grapes a few bins at a time, at the peak of plump ripeness, then spend a great amount of time sorting the grapes, pulling out both the green and the raisin grapes. This results in a Zinfandel with a balanced and crisp flavor, while still maintaining the natural complexity of Zinfandel that can come from a slight variation in ripeness. The less ripe grapes contribute spiciness and crispness to the wine, while the more ripe grapes contribute succulent blackberry fruit flavors. In the winery, we use minimal oak: just enough to add a touch of vanilla to the fruit flavors, but no more than that. 2019 Had a very warm to hot summer that sped up the ripening process followed by a relatively cool fall allowing for full maturity of the grapes, this produces intense flavors while retaining fresh acidity & fruit flavors.

Awards

Vintage | Award | Competition
Gold Medal & 96 pts- CA State Fair