Zinfandel 2014, Bradford Mountain Estate Vineyard
This wine encapsulates all of the best qualities found in mountain grown Zinfandels from the Dry Creek Valley appellation. Poorer soils and colder nights harness and preserve more of the bright acidity and freshness in the grapes. More sunlight hours at the higher elevation means darker, richer fruit. Unlike benchland Zins, mountain Zins have a peppery quality and more black fruit character.
This mountain-grown Zin’s elegant nature is apparent from the first whiff. Deep aromatics of blackberry and vanillin oak appear with just a touch of white floral in the background. From the silken texture emerge delicious flavors of brambly blackberry, dark cherry and plum layered with hints of pomegranate, cardamom, white pepper and a mouthwatering minerality. Perfectly balanced with seamlessly integrated tannins and oak, this refined Zinfandel exemplifies the sophistication that’s possible but rarely achieved with this varietal.