VINEYARD NOTES: Our Estate Zinfandel vineyard was planted in 1910. It was expanded, and missing vines replanted in 1976. It is a beautiful example of the classic old-vine, head pruned, dry farmed Zinfandel vineyard, and one of the few that have survived in the Santa Cruz Mountains.
Because this is an extremely cool site for Zinfandel, combined with the fact that Zinfandel tends to ripen unevenly, it is important to get our fruit as ripe as possible. Judicious fruit thinning and leaf pulling helped us get to optimum ripeness levels.
This 2013 Estate Zinfandel is a classically styled “old world” Santa Cruz Mountain Zin. Loaded with bright raspberry fruit and un-abashed black pepper spice. It’s hard to find these characteristics in California zinfandel anymore, but these 103 year (At time of 2013 harvest) old zin vines just keep on giving. The palate shows both of the raspberry and black spice as well as cranberries and blackberries. The oak is very well integrated and offers up a little vanilla that come through on the finish.