High Valley Vineyard
California: Lake County: High Valley
Zinfandel grown in the upper elevations of Lake County’s High Valley AVA is absolutely equal to Napa Valley wine. It’s the same geological perspective, same mountain range, and same blazing sun with vines grown on top of an ancient volcano. Few consumers beyond Northern California seem to know about the excitement contained in these Lake County vineyards, but things are changing quickly. You’ve been advised.
Where Dry Creek Valley Zin has clove and blackberry, High Valley Zin exhibits raspberry and stone. Smoked stone, dare we say, volcanic in nuance! Grower Clay Shannon is one of the most progressive (and impressive) growers we know. His Zin reminds us more of a Taurasi or super Sicilian. The volcano effect.
Vivid red fruit with clear edges.
Berry pie, smoked stone, white pepper, cocoa dust.
Again, the berry and stone elements are pronounced in a way that’s reminiscent of other notable volcanic-influenced wines from parts of southern Italy. The mineral component provides a grip and structure to Zinfandel’s tendency towards fruit forwardness. Juicy, spicy, deep, but oh-so-drinkable.
Smooth, but never too fruity. This is highly drinkable.
Definitely a contender for the ultimate burger wine!
What the Winery Says
- 85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah
- High Valley, Lake County
- Joy Merrilees
- Barrel Program
- 18 months in mixed French & American oak
- Total Production
- 3,000 cases