2018 Ancient Vines Zinfandel

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91 Points (2017 Vintage)
The Tasting Panel

Our 2018 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows the sumptuous strawberry character that Zinfandel is known for. Well balanced and fresh, with just a touch of vanilla and light toast, make for a very special glass of wine. Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years.

Our 2018 Ancient Vines Zinfandel draws primarily from a wide selection of our oldest, most historic and shyest-bearing Zinfandel blocks in Contra Costa County. These ancient, dry-farmed vineyards consistently produce fruit of stunning concentration.

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Lots were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. Grapes underwent near total destemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must, contributing to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grapes, juice, skins, and seeds (called “must”) along with some added yeasts were fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wine was pressed off its skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down on American oak for 10 months.

Vintage
2018
Wine Type
Red Wine
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
Contra Costa County
Harvest Date
August 21 - September 17
Acid
.62g/100ml
pH
3.68
Alcohol %
14.5

Tasting Notes & Pairings

The 2018 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows ripe fruit flavors and soft tannins, which make this a mouth-coating rich vintage. Aging on new and used oak has lent this wine a subtle vanilla quality that is nicely complimented by explosive fruit notes. Enjoy now or cellar for 5 to 7 years. Accompany this wine with slow cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole or spinach mushroom casserole.