Grape: Zinfandel with a touch of Petite Sirah
Vineyard: McGaraugh Vineyard, Alexander Valley, Northern Sonoma AVA. Dry-farmed by Jon himself
Making of: picked twice to balance the ripeness of different parcels and the tannic structure of the small amount of Petite Sirah. Destemmed and fermented in open-top vats, alternating between gentle pigeages and pump-overs every 48 hours till dryness. Aged 15 months in old oak before racking under nitrogen to bottling tank. Bottled without fining or filtration, 15 ppm total of SO2 received (5 ppm on its 1 year birthday and 10 before bottling).
Personality: “The bowl shape causes the vineyard to ripen unevenly which translates into blazing raspberry acidity. A friendly, chill-able expression of Zinfandel, less ponderous more joyous!”
- Jenny and Francois