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Adelaida’s seven distinct family owned vineyards lie in the hillside terrain of westside Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific Coast. Ranging from 1500 – 2000 feet in elevation these low yielding vines are challenged by chalky limestone soils, afternoon blasts of cool marine air, and a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
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. Enjoy now through 2017.
AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Michael’s Estate Vineyard
Elevation: 1580-1735 feet
Soil type: Calcareous Limestone
COOPERAGE & DATA
Barrel aged 22 months in Hungarian & French oak; 50% New
Harvest Dates: 9/26/11- 10/3/11
Varieties: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
Release date: 2/2014
CA suggested retail: $50