2018 El Dorado Zinfandel

2018 El Dorado Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Zinfandel
Aging
10 Months Sur Lees: 30% New French Oak | 70% Ntrl French Oak
Fermentation
Spontaneous Native Fermentation in Open-Top Stainless Steel Vessels
Alcohol %
14.8
Spring Wine Club Release
In Stock
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$36.00
 
SKU: 18ZINED

Zinfandel’s importance in California’s winegrowing history needs little introduction.  Considered to be among the most ancient of vitis vinifera, with its roots traced back to Croatia where wine was being produced as early as 6000 BC, it stands to reason Zinfandel made its way across the pond to the U.S. in the infancy of our own wine industry.  Initially brought over to the east coast and propagated (allegedly for raisin production), it was brought West by those seeking riches in California’s Gold Rush. After early pioneers began successfully making commercial wines from Zinfandel grapes, wide popularity was sure to follow.  Which is why today, Zinfandel makes up about 10% of California’s total planted winegrape acreage. No question, our founder James Skinner was as hot on Zinfandel as he was on his less-familiar Rhône varieties, and so, naturally, we’re continuing this tradition. The good news is, Zinfandel thrives here in El Dorado County, much like it does in our neighboring appellations.  But El Dorado Zin is markedly different, with brighter, high-toned aromas, balanced fruit and a knack for being more than just a crowd-pleaser… ours is downright intriguing.

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Zinfandel
Appellation
El Dorado
Composition
100% Zinfandel
Aging
10 Months Sur Lees: 30% New French Oak | 70% Ntrl French Oak
Fermentation
Spontaneous Native Fermentation in Open-Top Stainless Steel Vessels
Alcohol %
14.8
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
First impressions are a nose full of macerated strawberries, fresh-cut lilac and maple syrup. At harvest the fruit was meticulously hand-sorted to ensure the exclusion of raisined, sub-standard berries. Left on-skins for 40 days and aged in tight-grain French oak for 10 months, we've crafted a Zinfandel with sturdy framing and a voluptuous body. The palate is overwhelmingly juicy with cherry, savory herbs, brambly spiced berries and creamy depth that seems to make perfect sense for a Zinfandel. This wine is wild, but wise, and will be a joy to drink for years to come.
Winemaker's Notes
Skinner wines are all about tipping a brim to the wines of the Old World while embracing the glorious mountain terroir of El Dorado County. That being said, we maintain a delicate balance of ripeness and structure. Zinfandel ripens particularly unevenly, meaning on any given cluster you’ll find perfect berries, unripe berries and dehydrated berries. In an effort to avoid the jammy, raisin-y reputation that’s been unfairly bestowed on Zin, we hand-sort every cluster and cut away any sub-standard fruit. It’s a labor of love, to be sure. We handle our native fermentations with the remontage technique (versus the more commonly used pigeage, or punch down); gentler on the berries, but aggressively more aerobic for the juice, encouraging high CO2 production which both protects and bolsters our aromatic profile. We aim to produce Zinfandel that is true to varietal, and sings the praises of the terroir from whence it came. Gently pressed, settled, and sent to barrel for 10 months. Racked and returned in the spring, and bottled just before harvest.
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