Central Coast Zinfandel |
The Central Coast Region includes the Zinfandel growing areas of Monterey County, San Luis Obispo County (including Paso Robles), Edna Valley, and Santa Barbara. Each of these areas contains vineyards that share the effects of coastal breezes, which moderate the warmth of the summer and early fall. Most of the soil here is rocky and gravelly. Zinfandel was first planted in the Central Coast by the mid-1880ís, and the region has a long history of winemaking dating back to the advent of the missionaries in the 18th century.
Wines from this region exhibit rich, fruity character, from big, late harvest style wines to more forward, lighter, claret style Zinfandels which include notes of spice, herbs, and cherries. These are rich wines, with intense blackberry and pepper, and the earthy quality of the fragrant forest floor. Wild berries, smoke, and toast are some of the more unique descriptors used for the aromas of Central Coast Zinfandel, and flavors commonly cited are cranberries, raspberries, sage, and spice.