90 Points | Wine & Spirits | January 2017
90 Points | Wine Spectator | August 2017
Double Gold Medal | Sonoma County Harvest Fair | August 2016
Gold Medal | Sunset International Wine Competition | May 2017
Best of Class | Sunset International Wine Competition | May 2017
This is a classic, full-bodied Zinfandel with spicy aromas of dark berries, cracked black pepper, and a touch of anise that precedes multi-layered flavors of wild blackberry, dark cherry preserves, and baking spices. This lush wine shows off firm tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high-quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics, and excellent structure.
Winemaker Katie Madigan sourced Zinfandel from three different vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, a region renowned for producing intense, concentrated Zinfandel. The wine is blended with Petite Sirah for additional structure and complexity.
This wine showcases the best of Dry Creek Valley, from the valley floor to hilltop vineyards. The well-drained soils and fog patterns from the Pacific Ocean create perfect growing conditions for Zinfandel, resulting in smaller crops with highly concentrated, intense fruit. The grapes undergo a cold soak before fermentation to extract optimal color and aroma. After primary fermentation, the wine is pumped into French oak barrels, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation, followed by 16 months of aging.