"Introduced to California during the Gold Rush, Zinfandel is considered by many to be America's heritage grape. A tribute to California wine history, this Zinfandel was sourced from family owned vineyards, some of which are over 100 years old, located in the state's oldest and most revered wine regions.
VINEYARDS This wine blends lots from select vineyards in top growing regions: El Dorado County (42%), Amador County (38%), Lake County (12%), Napa County (2%), and Lodi (6%).
WINEGROWING Heavy rains in March and April replenished reservoirs and led to healthy vine growth which we managed through leafing and cluster thinning. Weather during summer and fall was moderate. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
WINEMAKING The grapes were carefully destemmed and optically sorted to ensure only perfect fruit made it into the wine. A cold soak extracted color and flavor before primary fermentation began in tank. The wine was gently basket-pressed, then racked to oak barrels to finish primary fermentation, malolactic fermentation, and aging.
TASTING NOTES When poured, our classic California Zinfandel is a purple-ruby color with a bright crimson hue. On the nose, there are concentrated aromas of dried cherries that meld with warm vanilla, mocha, and mulling spices. Lush flavors of ripe plum and raspberry jam flood the palate, followed by touches of dark chocolate in the background. subtle and round tannins and length for a fresh and enticing finish."