The color of this wine is truly immortal. Its rich, dark color goes on and on and on! The aromas of big, blackberry jam, ripe strawberries, dark berry medley, and orange blossom honey merge to put your olfactory senses into a new dimension. The palate is wrapped in a mysterious, velvety layered mix of sweet blackberries, strawberries, and blueberry compote followed by a healthy dose of chocolate on the finish. The rich, mouth-filling character that immediately jumps out at you is that of mom’s homemade baked blackberry pie! The wine has moderate oaky tannins and juicy acidity.
2020 was a year that had exceptionally long hang time for the fruit, giving it the chance to develop layers of flavors. Combine that with the low yield of our 120-year-old head trained Zinfandel vines, and you can see why we were so excited by the intensity of the fruit. We had the opportunity to truly hand select the “cream” of the crop, making several passes through the block during the long optimal ripeness window.
After HAND-PICKING into half ton bins for the most delicate transporting of the fruit, the grapes were lightly crushed into the tank for fermentation. Fermented on the skins to dryness, it was then pressed and placed in French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new wood. Aging in the barrel for 15 months allowed all the fruit components to be uplifted.
Pairs well with beef, lamb, and poultry dishes.