Watkins Family Winery
2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel
Zinfandel •Taylor Mountain Vineyard and Dunbar Vineyard
California: Sonoma County
Today’s Watkins Family Winery 2008 Sonoma County Zinfandel comes from a winemaker with quite the storied past. Randall Watkins cut his teeth at big name wineries like Buena Vista Winery and Hartford Family Winery before launching his eponymous label. This pedigree shines through in today’s super delicious and super complex Zinfandel.
Today’s offering is a cut above the bombastic, fruit forward Zins you may be used to. Much more complex, with a level of balance we don’t always see in the varietal, this wine has a fantastic interplay between reduced fruit and terroir. Lying underneath these flavors is a subtle minerality that works to perfectly round out the flavor profile on this gem.
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Inky, dark scarlet at center of the glass, with a touch of a lighter ruby at the edge.
Wonderfully balanced and aromatic, with lush red raspberry, blackberry, and sweet plum overtop earthy notes of sandalwood, fresh forest floor, black peppercorn, coffee bean, and a touch of cassis.
The palate is full of reduced dark fruit of sweet plum, boysenberry, and blackberry. These delicious concentrated flavors are paired with more earthy tones of cherry wood, sweet tobacco leaf, clove, black peppercorn, and just the faintest touch of sage.
The finish is very smooth and long lasting, with a lovely grip on the edge of the tongue as the dark fruit notes slowly fade.
A slowly braised pork shoulder, served with a creamy cilantro-lime sauce.
What the Winery Says
The Watkins Family has farmed Zinfandel on this breathtaking property since 1979, and we have found that the dark fruit and spicy flavors of Petite Sirah blend perfectly with the boysenberry jam and pepper components of Zinfandel.
To avoid the overripe flavors that many Zinfandel wines can express, the grapes were picked when they were at optimal ripeness, before many raisins could develop. During a nine day fermentation in two T-bin fermenters, the cap of grape skins was punched down two to three times daily until dryness was achieved (no residual sugar remained). The wine was then aged in both French and American oak barrels (20% new) for ten months before bottling.
These low-yielding Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vines produce a concentrated and complex wine that is a great example of hillside-grown Zinfandel. The wine has humongous fruit yet perfectly balanced acidity and alcohol. It pairs well with spicier, saltier dishes such as paella with peppered chicken and spicy sausage or baby back ribs.
- Randall Watkins
- Sonoma County, California
- Fruit Variety
- 86% Zinfandel/14% Petite Sirah
- Taylor Mountain Vineyard and Dunbar Vineyard
- Case Production
- 385 Cases
About the Winery
We are a small family-owned winery in Sonoma County specializing in mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon. The Watkins Family has been handcrafting boutique wines in Sonoma County since 1979, beginning as farmers and garagistes. For many years we have enjoyed growing grapes in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma County, making only two barrels of wine each vintage. This tiny production of wine was just enough to share with friends and family.
In 2003, we decided to make a little more wine, increasing production to eight barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Barn Block Vineyard on the rugged rocky slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. This allowed us to increase our allocation mailing list to those who had been asking for more of our wines with “strikingly pure flavors and a pronounced sense of place.”