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Our Zinfandel has emerged as one of the Paso Robles region’s most acclaimed Zinfandels in recent vintages, including “Steal of The Year” honors in Sunset Magazine, 93 points in Wine Spectator and a Top 100 Wine of The Year designation by the San Francisco Chronicle. This acclaim is rooted in our estate Margarita Vineyard, which yields an intense yet finely balanced expression of the Zinfandel grape.
“ONE OF OUR JUDGES' FAVORITE BOTTLES….”
“SILKY TANNINS AND LOVELY BALANCE...”
-Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“88 POINTS…Soft, ripe and jammy.”
“AN EXPRESSIVE WINE…Reflects its diverse soils.”
-Sandra Silfven, Detroit News
The 2010 Zinfandel is composed of fruit from five separate blocks spanning three different soil types at our estate Margarita Vineyard--shale, sedimentary and volcanic. Collectively, these different soils and exposures bring natural complexity and dimension to the wine. Additionally, the vineyard's marine-cooled climate and long growing season enable the Zinfandel fruit to achieve inherent structure and restraint while delivering ample varietal richness and spice.
The individual lots underwent a 24-hour cold soak for enhanced concentration of flavor and color. After fermentation and light pressing, the individual lots were racked to a combination of French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels (30% new), where they aged for 15 months prior to blending and bottling.
The 2010 Zinfandel offers vibrant aromas of crushed raspberry and blueberry with a dash of sweet oak. Bright, juicy flavors of raspberry, boysenberry and black cherry anticipate notes of cola and spice. A smoky vanilla note joins luscious acidity on a rich, jammy finish.
The 2010 Zinfandel’s bright, lively flavors and acidity offer considerable versatility with food. Recommended pairings include grilled lamb chops, wood-fired sausage pizza, Santa Maria tri-tip and chicken fajitas.