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Reminiscent of classic old vine style “mixed blacks”, this year’s Zinfandel Reserve is improved by the dark red berry character of our low cropped Petite Sirah. Like 19th century field blends, the addition of a dollop of a complementary thick skinned variety tweaks the complexity of the base wine, our Estate, dry farmed Zinfandel. Characterized by their heritage clones which utilized cuttings from two pre-World War one vineyards, Michael’s could be described, in its tenth year, as a second generation old-vine vineyard. In reality, it acts like old vines, with its deep roots, sense of terroir and concentration.
Harvested late in a cooler summer season, a selective picking eliminated raisined clusters. Matured for nearly two years in French and Hungarian oak puncheons, it is ready for prime time.