The 2018 growing season started off with slightly lower than average rainfall totals, however, due to their arrival in February and March the soils were near saturation during budbreak and heading into bloom. The onset of a moderately warm May and June led to prolific growth in the vines and a slightly above average crop level on the vines. June and July were above average in temperature which allowed veraison to progress from late July into August. Harvest was unseasonably cool, lacking the typical heat spells that come in early September. This allowed for a slower, methodical harvest, accentuating higher acidity and lower brix, ideal for our varietals! A small rain event in early October followed by moderate temperatures extended the harvest through late October, allowing for increased flavor development.
With a bouquet of cedar, spice, and sun-ripened blackberries, our Sonoma Zinfandel makes a strong first impression. Bold and richly textured on the palate with an intensity and purity of fruit reflected in notes of wild blueberries, plum, and black currants. A light dusting of tannins provides structure and a long finish that is boueyed by fresh juicy acidity. This is a delightful wine to pair with red sauces, pizza, and barbeque, as well as sopressata and dry jack.