Sometimes Zinfandel just wants to be big and bold, and we did not try to tame that here. This wine has a comforting brown spice and dark fruit liqueur profile. It is above all bold and full bodied with black tea tannins, spicy acidity, and a strong vanilla finish.
We picked these grapes late in 2018, in one of our final picks of the year around October. At that late time some of the berries had begun to dehydrate, creating more concentration in the wine. The vines at this vineyard are head trained, which creates a more artistic expression and complexity with varied levels of ripeness at harvest, typical of Old-World Zinfandel.
97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah.
We recommend you have fun pairing with this wine! In general, bold foods with a slightly sweet sauce may pair well. We'd love to drink this with pork chops and sauerkraut, spareribs, short ribs, barbecued beef, or pork ribs, with our homemade Zinfandel barbecue sauce. Or maybe pork loin with a red fruit sauce. Sausage-stuffed mushrooms could stand up to this wine. Grilled steak with gorgonzola cheese & pomme frites would not disappoint. Our Culinarian, Lisa Scott, also recommends dishes with Croatian flavors, as a nod to this varietal's original home in Croatia.
Aged for 22 months in 100% Medium ++ toast American Oak, a specialty toast that imparts spice notes of nutmeg and cinnamon.
125 cases produced