Terra d'Oro Zinfandel 2018
The Terra d’Oro 2017 Home Vineyard Zinfandel opens with sweet aromas of caramel, cocoa, plums, baking spice, cherry pie, olive and red fruit notes. The palate opens with an elegant entry leading to a juicy core of red raspberries and black cherry. The finish is long with silky refined tannins and hints of mocha. A bold, fruit-forward wine, the Terra d’Oro 2017 Home Vineyard Zinfandel pairs nicely with comfort food such as a juicy burger topped with aged cheddar and Applewood smoked bacon.
Planted in 1977, our Home Vineyard is 100% sustainably farmed and comprises a mere four acres of the Terra d’Oro estate’s 600 acres of vines. The vineyard is surrounded by mature Valley Oak trees with extremely deep roots that monopolize the water supply, causing the grapevines to compete for nutrients. As the vines struggle, they focus their limited energy on creating robust, intensely flavored Zinfandel grapes. Home Vineyard differs from typical Zinfandel vineyards in that it produces loose clusters with round berries, allowing the grapes to ripen uniformly. Zinfandel wines from this vineyard are exceptionally soft with a plush structure.
With early heat spikes and a wet winter leading up to harvest, the Home Vineyard Zinfandel was able to ripen evenly accross the field. Handpicked in the early hours of the morning, grapes for this wine were de-stemmed and lightly crushed, remaining on the skins for a total of 14 days to extract vivid color, flavor and tannin from the fruit. Grapes were fermented in stainless steel before being aged in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels, 30 percent of which were new.