Details at a Glance
Blend: 77% Zinfandel, 23% Primitivo
Appelation: Columbia Valley
Vineyards: Zinfandel - Alder Ridge (Horse Heaven Hills), Primitivo - Stonetree (Wahluke Slope)
Bottled: August 30, 2011
Acidity: 0.64g/ 100mL
Barrel Regime: 100% American Oak, 45% New and 55% 2-years used
Total Production: 360 Cases
Prices: $30/bottle  $324/case
A cool, wet spring led to delayed flowering and reduced fruit set across many varieties. An unusually cool summer produced dramatic differences in ripening between warmer and cooler sites, with veraison extending well into September in some cooler areas. However, naturally low yields, combined with over a month of consistently warm weather from late September through late October, produced phenolic ripeness and flavor development with extraordinary natural acidity.
The youthful Zinfandel nose of brambly berry is turned up a notch with toasted hazelnuts and a twist of fresh mandarin. Medium to full-bodied on the palate, it displays excellent acid-to-fruit balance. There's plenty of blackberry fruit up front with a backdrop of chocolate and licorice spice, followed by cracked pepper and clove.
This aromatic and food-friendly Zinfandel is begging for grilled flank steak or decadent Italian meatballs over risotto. Or simply enjoy the warmth of a fire for a romantic interlude with dark chocolate and...
Marie-Eve Gilla ~ Winemaker