Delicious flavors of blackberry and spice.
We had high expectations for this second release from our Tehama County vineyards. The grapes are grown in a lush oasis surrounded by red volcanic rock at an elevation of 1,800 feet in the foothills of the very southern end of the Cascade Mountain range. This area provides a spectacular and unusual location to grow our Zinfandel. Hot days and very cool nights create grapes of amazing depth and fruit intensity.
The 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 Meadowbrook Ranch Zinfandel was minimally handled before being put down to barrel and was aged for 12 months in a combination
of new and used medium-dark toasted oak before bottling.