2015 Donner Party Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Vintage
2015
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Calaveras County
Alcohol %
15

2015 Donner Party Zinfandel

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Deep black fruit and spice aromas. The flavors are ultra-strong blackberries, anise and clove with an earthy component. This is one big Zin with a broad mouthfeel and spicy leathery characters. The tannins are firm but structured. The wine finishes with long dark blackberry and plummy characters. 

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Varietals- 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

Vineyards- 100% The Dalton Ranch

Aging/Cooperage- 

Production- Grapes were hand-picked and gently crushed into small bins for fermentation. Approximately 10% of the grapes were left uncrushed and on-the-stems to add complexity. No yeast was added to this lot and the grapes fermented naturally with only a smnall amount of nutrients added to assist the "native" fermentation. After 9 days on skins and nearing the end of fermentation, this lot was pressed off of the skins and into small new French oak barrels for secondary (or malo-lactic) fermentation. After the secondary ferment, the wine was gently racked off od the primary lees. Minimal amounts of sulfur dioxide were added and the wine was then placed in 20% new French oack barrels for 16 months of aging. Prior to bottling, we blended in 10% Petite Sirah from the same vineyard. The wine was then bottled without fining.

Scott's Notes- In addition to this ZInfandel, we also source Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah and Carignane from this vineayrd, making it one of our most important partners. Vineyard Manager Steve Collum farms this vineyard now for the Dalton Family after Jim passed away in late 2010. Steve used only sustainable agricultural practices at The Dalton Ranch. 

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