|2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition|
SWEEPSTAKES WINNER S3x
2012 three "Red Label" Zinfandel Contra Costa County
The Zinfandel grapes sourced for this wine are from relatively new plantings in and around the bay area town of Oakley in the north-east corner of Contra Costa County. It is a blend of 75% Zinfandel, 18% Petite Sirah, 5% Carignane,1% Mataro, and 2% Alicante Bouschet . All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy-loam soils called Delhi loam.
At less than 20 years of age, these younger vine Zinfandel grapes show the typical raspberry to blackberry fruit so dominate in the older vines in the area validating this Contra Costa appellation. The "field blend" contingent of this wine adds structure, color, cherry and black fruit flavors. There is a deep concentration of ripe black cherries and spice with a minerality (earthy berry) sneaking through. The mouth-feel is rich and balanced with a lingering peppery finish. Enjoy now or age 3 to 7 years.