Summary: In 1848, gold was discovered near Sutter’s Mill in the foothills of California’s Sierra Mountains. Shortly thereafter, while miners toiled underground, other gold-seekers found that the soil of the mountain valleys to the south yielded a different form of riches when they discovered that zinfandel grapes thrived in the warm valley temperatures and thin sandy volcanic soils. Today, the Shenandoah Valley region of Amador County is renowned for its flavorful zinfandel. We blend this zinfandel with syrah and petite sirah to create a rich tasting, highly aromatic, and enjoyable wine.
Dark ruby color. Inviting aromas dominated by bramble fruits, blackberries, & raspberries. A wonderfully lingering zesty and spicy finish.
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2018.
Appellation: California Shenandoah Valley
Varietal Composition: 75% Zinfandel, 20% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Aging Protocol: 9 months in American oak barrels. Bottled aged for an additional 6 months.
Alcohol: 15.5% ABV
pH: 3.59, Total acidity: 6.3 g/L
Production Volume: 527 bottles
Vintage and Production Notes
Sun…that one word perfectly sums up the 2013 wine-growing season in the Shenandoah Valley. Plenty of sun and very little rain resulted in ripe grapes with concentrated flavors. After destemming the grapes, the must was frozen for 40 days for full flavor and color extraction. In late November, the frozen must was thawed and fermented with RP-15 yeast. After 9 months in a new American oak barrel, the zinfandel was blended with syrah and petite sirah to enhance the flavor complexity.