2012 Donner Party Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Calaveras County
Vineyard Designation
The Dalton Ranch
Alcohol %

2012 Donner Party Zinfandel

Calaveras County

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Deep black fruit and spice aromas. The flavors are ultra-strong blackberries, black cherry and clove with a very earthy component. This Zin starts with a broad mouthfeel and spicy leathery characters. The tannins are subdued and the wine finishes with long dark blackberry and plummy characters.

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Varietals - 92% Zinfandel, 8% Petitie Sirah

Vineyard - The Dalton Ranch

Aging/Cooperage - 16 months in one year old French Oak

Production - Grapes were hand-picked and gently crushed into small bins for fermentation. Approximately 40% 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 and nearing the end of fermentation, this lot was pressed off of the skins and into small 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 barrels for 16 months of aging. Prior to bottling, we blended in 8% Petite Sirah from the same vineyard. The wine was then bottled without fining and minimal filtration.  

Scott's Notes - In addition to this Zinfandel, we also source Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc and Petite Sirah from this vineyard, making it one of 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. 

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