Jammy red fruit and than a hint of anise define the nose and mouth of this full-bodied zin. Still youthful after more than a year of bottle age, the fruit and structure of this wine promise a long life and good development over the next five years–and possibly more.

Dan Carmagni, an Italian stonecutter planted this vineyard in 1906 the year his son, Dan Jr. was born. Numerous stone walls around the property attest to both men’s hard work and skill. The site speaks eloquently to the history of winemaking in California and to the sense of balance, proportion and harmony common to the Italian immigrants of that era. I always enjoy visiting. Dan Jr. sold the property to the current owner’s father during the 1950’s but continued to live nearby. He died in 2006 at 99 years of age.

The profession of winemaking offers many pleasures, (and not a few challenges); I count opportunity to engage intimately with the history and traditions of a particular area and people one of the most enjoyable.

1.4 tons September 24, 2009 at 24.4 Brix, 3.54 pH
~94% Zinfandel, ~6% mixed varietals (two whites, 3-4 reds)
17 months, 33% in one year old seasoned US oak
June 2011
Spring 2012
Residual sugar

Food Pairing: The jammy fruit and slight bite pair beautifully with an aged farmhouse Gouda. Mildly spicy sausage, or grilled chicken, or a wild mushroom pizza will also work well…