The 2009 harvest was my 20th in California! Time definitely flies and I can say with full confidence that I enjoy making wine more than ever. For most of those vintages, the California climate was ideal for grape growing and at times was too good, with a few exceptions. The 2009 harvest was one of those years when Mother Nature put us all to the test. Overall, the weather pattern was very mild to cool during the summer and the grapes matured nicely at lower sugars, which is always a welcomed change. It was also an opportunity to produce more balanced wines with lower than usual alcohol. The challenge began with a mid-October rain followed by cool days, thus elevating the danger of fungal diseases. Our vineyard team quickly responded by cutting out all of the infected clusters and opening the vine canopies to increase sun exposure and speed up ripening.
This bottle of Zinfandel was made mostly from our best block of Zinfandel, Block 303. A portion of the Zinfandel was co-fermented with a small amount of Sangiovese. This wine is exuberantly fruity with pronounced dark cherry nose, wild blackberries, pepper and a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. On the palate the wine is showing its youth as well, with a full body and fairly tannic finish with promises for greatness in about 2 years.
Cheers! Miro Tcholakov