Introduced to California during the Gold Rush, Zinfandel is considered by many to be America’s heritage grape. A tribute to California wine history, this Zinfandel was sourced from some of the state’s oldest and most revered wine regions, from family-owned vineyards that in some cases date back over 100 years.
This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado (39%), Amador (35%), Lake (16%) and Napa (10%) counties.
The 2018 vintage was another ideal growing season with warm, dry conditions that resulted in excellent fruit quality. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at night and sorted in the vineyard, then transported by refrigerated trucks to the winery.
The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation and aging.
Our classic California Zinfandel is dark purple-ruby, with a youthful red hue. The nose entices with scents of raspberry, cranberry, licorice and spice. Lush and concentrated flavors of ripe cherry, dark berries and vanilla flood the palate, followed by touches of pepper and spice. Very fine tannins and great length make for a satisfying finish.