In 2015 we 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 over 120-year-old Zinfandel vines, and you can see why we were excited by the intensity of the fruit. After HAND-PICKING into small bins for the most delicate transportation 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 our top 10% ìfood friendlyî French and American oak barrels, of which 15% was new wood. Aging in this way, we are able to maintain and uplift all of the fruit and flavors to their fullest.
The initial whiff of this seductive wine produces aromas of bright red cherries, ripe strawberries, spice and toast. On the palate, you swirl this rich dark wine around in your mouth and the initial sensation is that of luscious, juicy, freshly-picked ripe strawberries. The second sip explodes with sweet black cherries and strawberry jam, with moderate tannins and juicy acidity. This rich, mouthfilling Old Vine Zinfandel will pair with ALL foods, from that gourmet burger on the grill, to a nut-crusted seared rare Ahi.