Our Zinfandel grapes are sourced from a small, family-owned vineyard located in the acclaimed Templeton Gap sub-appellation of Paso Robles. The head-trained forty-five year old vines are now cultivated by third generation growers, and are strictly dry-farmed. This results in a smaller, but more intense, crop.
2016 Paso Robles Zinfandel
14.7% Alcohol by Volume
We are excited to present our fifth vintage from this exceptional vineyard. Partial carbonic maceration was followed by a high temperature fermentation using natural yeasts for maximum extraction and expression of terroir. This wine was divided into two lots, one of which was bottled after a year in neutral oak for a bright, fruity wine, while the other went into new Appalachian oak for a spicier, vanilla scented version.
The earlier bottling is what we currently have released.
It has an intense nose of white pepper, nutmeg, cloves and bright berry fruit. This is followed by a palate bursting with strawberry and dried raspberry, with a lingering silky mouthfeel. Its aftertaste and texture is reminiscent of dark chocolate, inviting another taste.
For a simple and elegant combination, try this wine with aged gruyere. It makes a delicious pair for pizza, marinara, or, classically, barbecue. It may be even more delicious than rare, which is saying something given that there were only twenty cases produced of this early-bottled version. Enjoy now, while it lasts.