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2014 Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Paso Robles
Vineyard Designation
Margarita Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 13 (Block 48), October 14 (Block 49D), October 15 (Block 32), October 17 (Block 49A), October 8 (Block 47 Syrah)
18 months in French and American oak barrels
Alcohol %

2014 Zinfandel

Our estate Margarita Vineyard has become renowned for producing one of Paso Robles’ most acclaimed Zinfandels. Here, amid one of the region’s coolest growing environments, the Zinfandel grape achieves a rare balance of robust flavors and elegant structure. Zinfandel has been a cornerstone variety of Paso Robles for more than 100 years, and we are proud to feature it in our small family of wines.

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The 2014 Zinfandel opens exuberantly with aromas of raspberry, boysenberry, olallieberry pie and high-toned oak. The palate is juicy and jammy with luscious flavors of blackberry, black cherry and vanilla cream. A dash of black pepper lingers on a clean, composed finish that goes against the grain of more unrestrained Zinfandels.
Vineyard Notes
The 2014 Zinfandel comes from three separate blocks and soil types, with each contributing to a larger sense of character and complexity in the finished wine. Block 49 sets the tone with textural heft and dark berry flavors, while Block 32 contributes a layer of red fruit and spice. Block 48 splits the difference between red and black fruits with its own spicy nuances. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
Winemaker Notes
At Margarita Vineyard, the Zinfandel grape naturally veers more toward elegance than bombast, and we accordingly pursue a wine that exhibits evenness with a pure varietal character. Toward this end, we picked the different blocks in a range of 24 to 26 Brix, walking the line between ripeness and restraint. Prior to fermentation, the lots were cold soaked for 48 hours for a soft extraction of flavor and color. Pumpovers were employed three times per day in the earlier stages of fermentation for balanced extraction, then dialed back to ensure richness without astringency. After light pressing, the individual lots were racked to a combination of French (40%) and American (60%) oak barrels (comprised of 25% new oak), where they aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. A small lot of Syrah from Margarita Vineyard was incorporated into the final blend for enhanced aromatics and textural depth.
Food Pairing Notes
The 2014 Zinfandel’s full yet polished character is not only a great fit for comfort foods such as wood-fired pizza, lasagna and grilled chicken, but also a serious contender for porterhouse steak and rack of lamb.
2,557 cases
Other Notes
Zinfandel 90%, Syrah 10%
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