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 after Bridgehead Road in Oakley, California, which runs adjacent to our treasured vineyard. This vineyard consistently produces one of our most individual and refined lots of Zinfandel. It was planted by Italian immigrants well before the turn of the century and is one of
California’s most historic vineyards. The vines are head-trained and dry-farmed in sandy soils. The area also boasts a unique band of cooling air from the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers. These qualities create an incredible synergy of elements that express the unique characteristics of this site.
The grapes were harvested at high natural sugar levels and treated gently in the cellar to emphasize the powerful fruit characteristic of the vineyard. The fruit was almost entirely de-stemmed and lightly crushed, with a large portion 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 Bridgehead Zinfandel was minimally handled before aging for 12 months on a combination of new and used medium-dark toasted oak before bottling.