The most refined and elegant of our nine Zinfandels. Spice, bright blackberry and toasty vanilla flavors join with fine-grained structure, balanced acids and smooth tannins. This wine will age beautifully over the next 5 to 7 years.
Our Bridgehead vineyard is named for Bridgehead Road in Oakley, California, to which it runs adjacent. This vineyard consistently produces one of our most individual and refined lots of Zinfandel. Planted by Italian immigrants well before the turn of the century, the vines are head-trained, dry-farmed in sandy soil and engulfed in a unique band of cooling air from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers this produces a stunning, concentrated harvest.
Grapes were harvested at high natural sugar levels and treated gently in the cellar to emphasize the explosive fruit characteristics. The fruit was almost entirely de-stemmed and lightly crushed, with a large proportion of whole berries remaining in the must. Fermentation occurred at moderate temperatures in, stainless steel tanks, using a selection of cultured yeast. After 10 days of gentle “pump-overs” and near dryness, we drained and pressed the wine from its skins. The wine was minimally handled before being put down
to barrel for 12 months aging in a combination of new and used medium-dark toasted oak before bottling.