The 2017 Zinfandel presents bright boysenberry aromas with hints of sandalwood and vanilla. A juicy, jammy texture is loaded with generous flavors of wild raspberry, black cherry, plum, mocha and cedar. Spicy black pepper notes join mouthwatering acidity on a beautifully balanced finish.
At Margarita Vineyard, the Zinfandel grape produces a wine that exhibits evenness with a pure varietal character. After a wet winter that ended the recent drought cycle, a normal crop load and steady harvest weather paved the way for beautifully balanced fruit. Prior to fermentation, the lots were cold soaked for 48 hours for a soft extraction of flavor and color. After fermentation and light pressing, the individual lots were racked to a combination of French (44%), American (53%) and Hungarian (3%) oak barrels (comprised of 25% new oak), where they aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. Small lots of Petit Verdot (5%) and Petite Sirah (5%) were incorporated into the final blend for added color, depth and structure.