2014 Quartz Zinfandel
In 2014, the vineyard was again subject to drought as well as a major forest fire that came within several hundred yards of the vineyard. The dry hot conditions contributed to a highly concentrated wine with signature black pepper spice characteristics, for which our vineyards are known.
Planted in 1990, the vineyard is tended in the traditional manner of our heritage Zinfandel vines—head-pruned and dry-farmed. This traditional practice keeps yields low and intensifies fruit characteristics. Our Quartz vineyard is located atop a gentle slope facing south. The vineyard gets its name from the former gold mine underneath and the abundance of white quartz contained in the coarse, sandy loam soil.
Aromas of dark cherries, blueberries, toasted oak, and hints of clove greet the nose. Blackberries and black pepper explode on the palate along with a healthy dose of tannins, creating a dense fruity wine that sits nicely on the tongue. A smooth finish follows with fragments of toasted oak and lingering fruit flavors. Serve with grilled peppered steaks, stew, or other braised meats.