The beautiful dark ruby color gives evidence of a dense yet lively wine. The nose is an intriguing blend of tart bing cherry and rich boysenberry pie aromas. The mouth feel continues this trend of opposites with wonderful acid balancing full-bodied flavors of blackberry, licorice and pepper. The finish is rich yet clean, offering a hint of American oak vanilla.
The Zinfandel for 2014 came from Castoro Vineyard in the Templeton Gap and the Herder Vineyard near Creston to the East of Paso Robles. By combining a cooler climate vineyard with a warm climate vineyard, we can produce a blended Zinfandel that displays the strengths of both styles each emphasizing acid and fruit of the varietal.
2014 was an ideal vintage for Paso Robles, warm and dry to maximize the character of Paso. September and early October were warmer than usual which allowed for fantastic ripening. Warm days during harvest also tend to produce wines that come of age quicker, thus requiring shorter barrel-aging time and wonderfully fresh wines in the bottle.
The Zinfandel used for the 2014 Twisted Paso came from 2 different picking dates, October 14rd and 21h. This allows for picking fruit based on different preferred characteristics. The early pick is based on the presence of lively acid, while the second pick supplies the weight and deep color one wants in a proper Zinfandel. Each pick was fermented in separate 3-ton open top stainless tanks with thrice daily punch downs. The big ripe year allowed for extended time on skins reaching 24 days before pressing off. After pressing, the two wines were blended together and aged for 9 months in American oak barrels, 25% of which was new.