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A cool (by Paso standards) vintage, 2011 was particularly challenging for warm weather grape varieties. A delayed harvest, well into mid October, allowed Adelaida’s Zinfandel grapes to develop their full potential. Ripeness levels even exceeded previous years, but that is what allows the characteristic “Zin” flavors to emerge.
Just to remind you, our Estate vines are based on heritage clones, cuttings grafted from neighboring century old vines. The dry-farmed vineyard is head trained (aka bush vines) with 11 foot spacing between individual plants, therefore diminishing competition between thirsty roots searching deeply for ground water. Drink now through 2016.
AVA: Paso Robles
Vineyard: Michael’s Estate Vineyard
Elevation: 1580-1735 feet
Soil type: Calcareous Limestone
COOPERAGE & DATA
Barrel aged 25 months;
72% neutral French Oak, 28% new Hungarian oak
Harvest Dates: 9/26/13- 11/3/13
Variety: 100% Zinfandel
Release date: 9/2013
CA suggested retail: $36