Intense raspberry fruit with jammy and spicy aromas. Flavors mirror the raspberries but with an addition of black cherry, anise and clove characters. This is a medium to full-bodied Zin with broad mouthfeel and spicy leathery characters. The tannins are structured and should preserve this wine for many years. Finishes long with darker fruit characters.
Varietals- 93% Zinfandel, 7% Carignane
Vineyard- 100% Roland Rosario Vineyard
Aging/Cooperage- 18 months in 3 year old
Production- Grapes were hand-picked and gently crushed into small bins for fermentation. Approximately 10% of the grapes were left uncrushed. 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 3 year old 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 back in these barrels for another 18 months of aging. Prior to bottling, we blended in 7% Carignane from the same vineyard. The wine was then bottled without fining. Only 124 cases were made.
Scott’s Notes- We’ve been making wine off this vineyard for just a few years now and this is our third release. Nestled into the very first foothill slopes that rise out of the eastern end of the San Joaquin valley and just north of Copperopolis, the site gets pretty intense diurnal wind shifts keeping it quite dry and mitigating the valley heat.