Oak Barrels (26% new American oak)
The kind of Zinfandel wine critic's love to criticize. It's bold over the top flavors don't have the nuance that are normally associated with "fine wine." However, much like a muscle car, it brash nature is what makes it so attractive and fun for so many. Deep garnet color, with black candied fruit and hints of cinnamon spice in the aroma. Plush tannins help round out this bold wine with a strong yet smooth finish.
The grapes that went into this wine came from Lodi and the Shenandoah Valley in the Sierra foothills. The vineyards in Amador County were farmed by Ken Deaver. Ken’s Zinfandel vines are head trained and the soil is "Sierra loam". On the Lodi side, the Zinfandel was from the Hohenrieder vineyard off of Peltier road. The vines are also head trained and T-Trellis trained. The soil is more a sandy loam.
Grapes were hand-picked in the morning and gently sorted and transferred back to bins for cold soak. Must was inoculated and fermentation was done in temperature controlled stainless steel tank and was pumped over in regular intervals. Aged in 26% new American oak barrels, the balance was done in neutral oak.