Tasting Notes If you want to know what Zinfandel should taste like, this is it. The aromatic entry, like a potpourri of black Boysenberries and red raspberries, explodes in the middle palate with big round fruit that adds strawberries and ripe cherries, all together, the essence of Zinfandel grapes.
Winemaking Notes The Vintage 2012 was a great vintage. Following three very challenging vintages, it reminded us how joyful it can be when Mother Nature cooperates. That she did with perfect weather through the entire year, just enough rain in the winter, dry and warm in the summer with no heat spikes and even ripening; perfect. It will surely prove to be one of the best vintages of the decade.
Los Chamizal Vineyard The Los Chamizal Vineyard is very near where Count Harathzy first planted Zinfandel in California in 1850. He recognized this part of Sonoma Valley as a perfect terroir for Zinfandel. Peter Haywood’s Los Chamizal Vineyard is a mile west of this genesis spot in a steep, boxed valley, facing the San Francisco Bay. Within the vineyard are separate blocks of Zinfandel that show unique character relevant to their micro-terroir. This bottling is made from blocks selected by Peter and Robert to represent the quintessential flavor of Sonoma