Vintage 2013 provided ideal conditions in the vineyard, and our inaugural Zinfandel expresses the elegance of the fruit from this vintage. Pepper-laced black raspberry aromas are swirled with rich oak notes. A silky smooth entry showcases deliciously ripe blackberry and dark cherry flavors woven with creamy cocoa. White and black pepper spice up the texture and lend balance to the luscious fruit. The fruit-driven core and integrated oak and tannins create a sophisticated Zin with finesse and grace.
Region: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Production: 55 cases
FROM THEDRUNKENCYCLIST.COM – “In the glass, this is one of the darker Zins I have tried in a while, but on the nose? This is a blueberry and blackberry cobbler with a dollop of vanilla ice cream on the side. On the palate, this is gangbusters, far from a “delicate” Zin: rich and unctuous, this is essentially a dessert wine without the sugar. Certainly big and luscious with plenty going on, but if you are a fan of big Zin, this is particularly well done. In fact, this is one of the few dry wines that I would consider serving with dessert, and I did just that at my last wine dinner in Philadelphia—and everyone loved it. I usually shy away from big Zins, but this approaches a Whoa. Outstanding. 91-93 Points.” July 22, 2016
FROM KENSWINEGUIDE.COM – “This opaque and midnight violet colored Zinfandel from Sonoma is impressive. It opens with a blackberry and oak like bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, rich, smooth and nicely concentrated. The flavor profile is an extracted blackberry with notes of black raspberry and oak. I also detected hints of cherry-cola and a touch of minerality in the background. The finish is dry and its flavors and moderate tannins stick around for a very long time. This Zin is for fans of bigger wines. Those readers who pick up some of this wine are going to love it. Not much was made, but it is a steal at $32. I would serve this big Zin with Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese and stone wheat thins. Enjoy – Ken Ken’s Wine Rating: Very Good+ (91) ” July 13, 2016
The excellent 2013 growing season started with a warm, dry Spring that created great conditions during bloom which allowed almost all of the self-fertile blooms to become pollinated and create perfect berries. This occurred about two weeks early so the vines had to be watched carefully for frost damage but we were thankful that no frosts occurred! This early start allowed the vines to share these glorious conditions with their active photosysnthetic engines in the leaves and these early clusters were well fed during these early stages of growth. Perfect weather continued through the summer which helped establish great conditions during veraison as the grapes began to change color continued into Fall with cool nights and warm afternoons – allowing the fruit to develop over a long hang time period and came into harvest in perfect condition!
Our winemaking protocol demands separate small carefully temperature regulated fermentations for each varietal providing optimum treatment for each Cabernet clone as well as for our Malbec and Petit Verdot. These wines are carefully pressed direct to barrel and are aged separately until rigorous blending trials the Spring before Summer bottling. Each individual barrel is tasted for uniqueness and provides an essential blend diversity that typifies our wines as well as an exceptional 22 month ageing period.
Food Pairing Suggestion: This dark-toned Zin will pair well with Steak au Poivre with a Brandy cream sauce, or Tuscan lamb chops with warm white bean Provençal.