The Zinfandel all comes from our Kate’s Vineyard which lies in the Kiler Canyon just a half mile southwest of our Estate. A portion of the Syrah comes from the Rolph Family Vineyard a mile northwest of us. The balance of Syrah and the Merlot comes from our Estate plantings at the very top of Calcareous Vineyard property. The 2019 vintage clearly demonstrates the ability of blended wines to shine as the ultimate expression of place. The cooler summer months spread out the ripening process of the grapes and supplied a wide range of flavors and textures. By blending for several lots and pick dates, a wine like ZSM truly becomes greater than a sum of its parts.
The Syrah and Merlot were picked over the same 2 day time period and were fermented together. The later ripening Zinfandel was harvested later and fermented by itself. All lots were hand picked and destemmed whole berry into 3.5 ton concrete fermenters. A regiment of twice daily punch-downs and a pump-over every third day promoted a gentle but steady extraction of phenolics. The wine was left on skins from 11 to 15 days, pressing at first sign of rougher tannins. The free run and press fractions were combined, and the blend put together after completion of malo-lactic fermentation. After 16 months in barrel the lot was racked out and was bottled promptly after going to tank.