2016 Zinfandel, Vista Luna
The grapes for this wine come from the Sierra foothill AVAs of Clements Hills and Borden Ranch. Both areas are in western Calaveras County, at the base of the mountains. They stand out for the remarkable soil combinations that developed from the geological activity that formed the Sierra Nevada Range. The vineyard sits on an outcropping of quartz, a unique phenomenon that is important to the development of the vines, their maturation, and the flavors they develop over time. Additionally, the vineyard is planted to a non-clonal selection of Zinfandel - so the clusters are small, as are the berries. Ripening is even, because of the cool evening breeze that develops as a natural part of the west to east movement of air pulled up by the sudden rise in elevation.
Our 2016 Vista Luna Zinfandel has lower alcohol levels, yet the wine is made from fully ripened fruit 100% ‘Heirloom’ Zinfandel, fermented using native wild yeast, and aged 10 months in neutral 60-gallon French oak barrels. It was bottled without fining or filtration.