These old vines barely provide a crop each year. The vineyard is about as old as they come in California with vines dating to the original planting in 1865. When you gaze on the vineyard on a cold Spring day after the vines have been pruned, the thousands of stout, thickly trunked vines are not unlike a amorphous Henry Moore sculpture, arms raised, pleading with the heavens for enough water to grow for another year. This vineyard is farmed with simplicity: pruning, plowing, and finally picking at the perfect time determined by our winemaker. Every year the wines are different and a revelation. We do not blend this wine with other Zinfandels in our cellar to make a consistent product. EASTON Fiddletown Zinfandel is always 100% Zinfandel from the Rinaldi Vineyard. We approach making the wine from this vineyard in much the same way a good winemaker would approach a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. We want to reveal what the fruit has to offer each year in all of its’ purity; not obscure it. This 2008 has thick brambly blackberry fruit with pepper, anise, clove, and other exotic spices. Yields are always incredibly low at under 2 tons per acre. Harvest was on September 26th and October 3rd. Fat and mouthfilling with great persistence on the palate. Like all our EASTON Zinfandels, this wine was aged in exclusively French oak. The 2008 vintage will hold well for 5-10 years.
14.5% by volume; 3.55 pH; 6.3 gm./liter total acidity
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10801 Dickson Road Plymouth, CA 95669 Phone: Test Fax: test test test
Winery Founded: 1991 Winery Location Region: Sierra Foothills Cases Produced: 10,000 Winery Open for Tasting: Yes Winery Charges for Tasting: No Retail Sales at Winery: Yes Offers Online Sales: Yes Has a Wine Club: Yes * Grapehead's Wine Club receives 3 shipments a year totaling approximately $300. No membership fee. Additional they receive 20% off on all discountable case purchases. They receive invitations to special winery events. Offers Winery Tours: No Offers Vineyard Tours: No Food Available at Winery: No Has a Picnic Area: Yes * Shaded lawn area with picnic tables. Shaded grape arbor with tables. Pétanque court. Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: No Offers a Barrel Tasting: No