STORY: For this wine, we went back to one of our original vineyard partners, Roger King. He's been talking about his Zinfandel vineyard at Mankas corner ever since we first worked together in 2002. But because it always seemed to ripen in late August, when I preferred to be taking the last surf trip of the summer, I was never all that interested. But now, over the years, the vineyard has matured and starts to taste really good by early September, so we jumped at the chance. The Zinfandel block is right outside of Roger's bedroom door, so it gets extra special attention. It's just a one-acre knoll, but there are distinct differences in the North, South, East, and Western exposures. And each is tended accordingly. Insider secret—just for a bit of fun (and because Roger is crazy enough to plant it), this Zinfandel is enhanced by a 9% field blend from an adjacent vinerow composed of a random mix of Trousseau Noir and Vermentino. Even more random, there are a couple Sangiovese vines in there as well. Roger was touring Thomas Jefferson's Monticello vineyards some years ago and noticed clippings of budwood from a recent pruning just strewn about in the dirt beneath the vine rows. And then magically, that Monticello budwood started growing in his vineyard! Now you know. A fantastically expressive wine that must be tasted and shared.
VINIFICATION: Wild yeast. Very long and very slow.
HARVEST: Early September 2017
ELEVAGE: 16 months in barrel, 20% new Missouri Oak.
PRODUCTION: 50 cases
TASTING NOTES — Intoxicating aromas of sugar-dusted fruit pie, summer plums, red cherries, honeycomb, toffee, Asian pear, crushed apples, Dr Pepper, and strawberry reduction. On the palate, spectacularly balanced, vibrant and creamy, with juicy red apples, blackberry sage, Heath Bar, creme fraiche,cracked black pepper, fun, focused, and delectable. Pair with dry aged cheeses, your favorite pasta, grilled pork tenderloin, spicy roasted vegetables, and rich spinach lasagna.