The 2014 vintage was another challenging season in Paso Robles. We began our spring with marginal moisture, the product of meager winter rains. This daunting start was followed by a warm early spring with average temperatures through April and May that gave us a reasonable start to the growing season. These moderate temperatures and seasonable conditions gave us excellent flowering and fruit set circumstances that resulted in a normal cluster count. From here our temperatures remained moderate until we experienced a short heat spike at the end of August and again longer sustained heat spell at the start of October before moderating to normal temperatures to finish the season. Overall we experienced a vigorous harvest season that presented perfect conditions for excellent ripening at a bracing rate resulting in amazing depth of color and wonderful flavor maturity.
The fruit for our 2014 Zinfandel was sourced from two main growing areas. The first was the Templeton Gap area where the coastal influence allows the fruit to mature very slowly and achieve great concentration of fresh peppery flavor. The balance of the wine comes from the San Miguel area. Here Zinfandel matures early with the reward of rich concentration. The resulting wine features a flavorful blend with opulent fruit, intriguing complexity and satisfying structure.
Our 2014 Zinfandel was crafted from select lots of grapes harvested from Paso Robles’ premier Zinfandel vineyards. Following a late October harvest, the grapes were crushed to small stainless fermenters and inoculated for fermentation. Maceration on the skins lasted 10 days and was aided by using traditional hand pump over to maximize color and flavor release. Following fermentation and maceration, the wine was drawn off and pressed to a blend of French and European oak barrels where it completed malolactic fermentation and matured for 12 months. During this aging period oxygenating rackings were performed to aid the evolution of the wine. Just before bottling, the wine received its final racking to stainless steel where the blend was assembled and prepared for bottling.
Total acidity: 6.10 g/L
Barrel Aged: 12 Months
Bottled: November 2015