In our quest to produce benchmark Zinfandels, we have enthusiastically expanded our reach beyond Sonoma County to craft exceptional wines that offer counterpoint expressions of this beloved varietal. With renowned Zinfandel vineyard sites in premier growing regions across California, this pursuit led us to our first bottling from the high coastal mountains of Mendocino County.
Mendocino Ridge is the world's first non-contiguous appellation that starts at an elevation of 1,200 feet, and the world-class Mariah Vineyard sits above the fog at 2,600 feet. Standing in the vineyard one can watch the breaking waves from the nearby Pacific Ocean, which deeply influences the climate in this growing region. The coastal mountain range exhibits heat during the day, allowing the sugar in the grapes to develop while the cool evenings aid in retaining the acidity in every berry.
This bright, cool-climate Zinfandel is highly expressive
with notes of blueberry cobbler, briary licorice and clove,
and subtle hints of forest floor. Dark and dense, yet
elegant, the mouthfeel is beautifully balanced with
finessed tannins and vibrant acidity.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine pairs well with flank steak or duck breast, especially with sauces that are slightly acidic, lamb loin with olive tapenade, and aged goat gouda.