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2011 Zinfandel

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.

“STARRED REVIEW...GOOD VALUE.”
                       -Connoisseur's Guide

“LONG AND HARMONIOUS...”
-Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel Magazine

“DELICIOUS...”
-Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

“TERRIFICALLY SPICY...”
-Wine Enthusiast

VINEYARD & SOILS

The 2011 Zinfandel is composed of fruit from three separate blocks at Margarita Vineyard. Block 48 is planted to sedimentary soils along the northeastern border of the vineyard. Blocks 49 unfolds along a slope riddled with flaky shale on the western flank, while Block 32 is planted to volcanic soils to the far south. Collectively, these different soils and exposures bring natural complexity and dimension to our Zinfandel.

WINEMAKING

Our goal is to produce a Zinfandel that exhibits evenness with varietally pure character that is rooted in the growing conditions at Margarita Vineyard. The lots were cold soaked for 48 hours prior to extended fermentation to slowly extract added flavor from the skins. The individual lots were then aged for 17 months in French and American oak barrels.

TASTING NOTES

The 2011 Zinfandel bursts with bright, fresh aromas of wild blackberries and raspberry jam with suggestions of cola and cocoa. Juicy flavors of cherry, strawberry and boysenberry anticipate accents of cedar and white pepper.

CUISINE PAIRING

The 2011 Zinfandel’s bright, juicy character is a great match for grilled cheeseburgers, steak pizza with peppers, herbed lamb kabobs and classic Santa Maria-style barbecue.

SPECS

Vineyard: Margarita Vineyard
Varietal Composition: Zinfandel (100%)
Aging Regimen: 17 months in French and American oak barrels
Cases Produced: 4,882

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