2018 El Dorado Zinfandel
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.