2015 Quartz Zinfandel
In 2015, the vineyard was again subject to a prolonged drought. However, this dry-farmed vineyard produced average tonnage that was picked at the peak of flavor development. This led to a wine packed with crushed black pepper and mouth filling fruit.
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.