Red fruit ripened slowly and unevenly in 2010-- especially at altitude. Mead Ranch is a beautiful farm established on Atlas Peak soon after the repeal of Prohibition, and is one of the highest vineyards at about 1500 feet. Jane Mead had a small section of Zinfandel under contract to a buyer who wanted a degree of ripeness that 2010 could not offer. As he waited for the grapes to ripen to his specifications, the vineyard was rained on 3 times; by the time that I first saw the fruit, it was early November and Scholium had not brought in any fruit for 3 weeks. We had finihsed our rigorous schedule of full-body punchdowns, and the crew was readying itself for nights of warm and regular sleep-- not stomping grapes. Graeme and I visited the vineyard separately and each reached the same decision: we could make good wine from this fruit. It was a noble source and we were fortunate to get a chance to work with. And the little rot that was dotting the vineyard-- it was a challenge, not an obstacle. We brought the fruit in, and the hardy troops began stomping 4 times per day again.
It is a pleasure to present a classic zinfandel, evocative of the california winemaking of a couple of generations ago. High altitude, fine drainage, old vines, moderate ripeness-- a very traditional recipe.
Jon Bonne selected this wine as one of this top 100 wines of 2012-- for its classicism and restraint!
A classic Zinfandel from a different era: dry, elegant, subtle. High altitude, fine drainage, old vines, moderate ripeness-- a very traditional recipe.