2017 Lopez Ranch Zinfandel shipping only
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2017 Lopez Ranch Zinfandel shipping only
2017 Lopez Ranch Zinfandel shipping only

An old vine zinfandel wine with flavors of cranberry, coriander, cardamom, cumin, and fennel. The history of this wine makes it one of the best red zinfandel wines. Originally planted by Jose Lopez in 1918 and used by winemakers during Prohibition.

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Last sip wine, a few cases available. Not available in our tasting room gift shop. 

DESCRIPTION:

Pygmy bush vines continue to be pioneered by the Galleano Family in California. The vines struggle to find water in the desert-like conditions establishing a deep root system going down 30-50 feet to get the water it needs.


WINE MAKING NOTES:

TA:6.7 gm/L, PH: 3.5 RS:0.52

Alcohol: 15.3% 

Grape Blend: 100% Zinfandel

TA: 6.7 gm/L  |  PH: 3.5  |  RS: .52  |  Alcohol: 15.3%

Fermentation: open ferment  |  Oak:  | Oak age:18 months   |  Harvest Brix: 24.5 (average)  |  Bottle Date: June 2, 2017  |  Cases Produced: 2076  |  Maturity: now until 2023


FLAVOR AND AROMA NOTES:

Stuffy humidor, brambly tart berries, like a cigar box in a horse barn stuffed sagebrush, leather glove covered in purple berry, juices want to burst but they're too young, oak is minimal but nicely spiced & charred. 


PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:

Enjoy the concentrated flavors of dark cherry, ripe cranberry and dried red currant layered with spicy notes of dusty tannins. 


VINEYARD NOTES:

Average yield of these vines were one third of a ton per acre as compared to a state average of four tons per acre. These grape clusters tend to have concentrated flavors that are unique in flavor and distinctive aromas. 


WINEMAKER - Kestutis Vizgirda

Kestutis "Gus" Vizgirda believes the secret to good winemaking begins in the vineyard. That's why throughout the growing season you will find him touring the rows of varietals and envisioning the kinds of wines he will produce from the harvest.  For over two decades, Vizgirda has worked at several local wineries, working with some of the Valley's best winemakers to refine his craft. Today, he has developed his own unique approach to making wine and has won gold medals for several of his varietals.

In addition to serving as Wilson Creek's Winemaker, Vizgirda teaches wine classes at Mt. San Jacinto College and San Diego State University Extended Studies campus. He is also a judge at several local and international wine competitions.


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