Aromas include white pepper, blackberries, plums, and black cherries, with spice notes of cedar and oak.
This 2013 Zinfandel is a blockbuster of a wine. It is sourced from the 1896 Ancient Vine vineyard in Lodi, California. These head-trained old vines continue to produce year after year, maybe not as much quantity, but every year amazing and pure Zinfandel quality. Overall, the grapes from the 2013 Vintage were fully ripe and have that classic peppery note. It is a highly aromatic wine and shows the softness and complexity that only these old vines can produce.
The grapes were picked in late October and shipped immediately to us in Minnesota. After a 5 day cold soak, the Must was inoculated and fermentation began. Nearly a month later the wine was ready for draining and pressing. This precious wine was then barreled down into Minnesota Made Barrels, where they aged for almost 1 year. We bottled the 2013 Zinfandel on August 12th. And after 8 months of resting in bottle, we are happy to release it to you now.
The aroma includes white pepper, blackberries, plums, and black cherries, with spice notes of cedar and oak. In the mouth the wine is rich and full bodied with more black pepper and spice. It has the acid and tannin levels to suggest it could age for a decade or more. It can be enjoyed by itself, or with hearty and rich fare: wild game, duck, roasted meats, smoked BBQ ribs.