Whites:Crystal Basin Bubbly
Ascendance Wines:Pinot Noir
Tasting Room Open 7 Days from 11am to 5pm
Source: Moore Vineyard, El Dorado County
Harvest Date: Oct 10, 2012
Brix at Harvest: 27
Time in Barrel: 18 months
Type of Oak:Neutral French & American
Bottled: April 10, 2014
Production: 473 cases
Winemaker's Notes: Zinfandel grapes represent the history and legacy of Sierra foothill winemaking. We have been making Zin since 1981 when we were bootleggers under a house in Pollock Pines! We think that the best style of Zin is reflected in a Claret style by a medium-weight fruit expression with a lot of spice and a touch of raspberry on the finish. These grapes are sourced from a vineyard directly across from the winery at an elevation of 3000 feet. It snows on these vines folks!
We like to make non-tannic Zins that are pleasing to the palette, not bruisers. We donít make acid adjustments to our wines. We think our medium-weight version of Zin is the easiest to enjoy with the kind of foods that wine-lovers like to pair with rich and flavorful wines Ė Tri-Tip, grilled chicken, garlicky pasta, spicy chorizo pizza, the list goes on and on!
We use a light touch on the oak and our minimalist winemaking style that shows all of the Zin fruit character possible in the finished wine. Our 2012 Zin is drinkable now, but can age nicely for more than 4 years and may peak by 2018. Most of all, we encourage you to share with your friends and enjoy!