|2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition|
SWEEPSTAKES WINNER S3x
2010 three Zinfandel Old Vines, Contra Costa County
Our Zinfandel is sourced from ancient vineyards in Contra Costa County. This wine is a blend of 77% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 4% Carignane, 1% Mataro, and 2% Alicante Bouschet. All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy-loam soils. The soil types of our pre-Phylloxera vines include Hanford Sandy Loam and Delhi Sandy Loam.
With an average age of vines over 100 years of which all are still being dry-farmed, there is a concentration of ripe blackberries and spice with a minerality (dusty berry) sneaking through. The Petite Sirah adds to this a firm tannin backbone along with boysenberries and pepper while the Carignane adds a pronounced fleshy mouth feel along with dark cherries and coffee notes. Our Mataro comes from vines that are now over 120 years old and add spice elements, violets, and complex phenolic structures that enhance the overall mouth feel and age ability of this wine. Enjoy this wine now or cellar in a cool location for 5-7 years.