With tempting aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice, Zin-Phomaniac is a complex, full-bodied wine with juicy, approachable flavors of ripe blue-purple fruit and dark semi-sweet chocolate. A kiss of vanilla and a touch of brown baking spice add depth to the long, satisfying mouth feel.
Appellation: Lodi, California
Vines: 20 to 75-year old vines
Aging: 9 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels
Price: $14.99/750 ml. bottle
The 2014 growing season was as close to ideal as a grape grower or winemaker could hope for. Perfect weather conditions early in the year fostered a timely spring bud-break, steady flowering and even fruit set. The summer followed with a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and steadily. Our Zinfandel grapes, sourced from several Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards in some of the best appellation in Sonoma County (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Valley, Alexander valley and Dry Creek Valley) for our Reserve Zinfandel and Lodi for our Original Zinfandel were hand-picked over a period of several weeks as each vineyard and block ripened to optimal maturity.
Harvested in the cool, early morning to preserve freshness and acidity, our Zinfandel grapes were brought quickly to the winery where they were crushed and placed into stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Once dry, the wines were pressed off the grape skins and placed in small new and seasoned French oak barrels for a period of nine months, imparting subtle notes of brown spice and cedar to the finished wine.