The 2020 Ancient Vines Zinfandel shows the varietal strawberry character that Zinfandel is known for. Well balanced and fresh with a touch of plum and black pepper make for a very enjoyable glass of wine. Very drinkable now but will age well for 5-7 years or longer. Accompany this wine with slow-cooked BBQ pork, chicken mole, or spinach mushroom casserole.
The 2020 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.
Lots were harvested separately according to the 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 which contributes to the explosive fruit character of the wine. The grape juice, grape skins, and seeds (called "must") along with some added yeast were fermented in temperature-controlled open-top concrete tanks at the optimum temperature to extract rich flavors and provide excellent color. The wines were pressed off their skins at dryness and racked gently before being laid down on American Oak for 15 months.