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 broad mouthfeel and spicy leathery characters. The tannins are firm but structured. The wine finishes with long dark blackberry and plummy characters.
Varietals- 91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah
Vineyards- 100% The Dalton Ranch
Aging & Cooperage- 18months in 20% new French Oak, 80% neutral
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 small amount of nutrients added to assist the “native” fermentation. After 10 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 of the primary lees. Minimal amounts of sulfur dioxide were added and the wine was then placed in 20% new French oak barrels for 18 months of aging. Prior to bottling, we blended in 9% Petite Sirah from the same vineyard. The wine was then bottled without fining. 297 cases were made.
Scott's Notes- In addition to this Zinfandel, we also source Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Petite Sirah and Carignane from this vineyard, making it one our most important partners. Vineyard manager Steve Collum farms this vineyard now for the Dalton family after Jim passed away late 2010. Steve uses only sustainable agricultural practices at The Dalton Ranch.