Zinfandel Michael's Vineyard 2010
92pts - Wine Spectator
The wine is plump and full-throated, a ruby color leading to a beguiling nose of ripe blueberries with notes of cracked pepper and clove-like spiciness. Pairs well with rustic hearty fair from cassoulet to country pâté with grain mustard and cornichons. Drink through 2020.
The cooler growing season of 2010 was ideal for this aromatic blend. The delayed harvest allowed longer hang times, resulting in expressive fruit and the classic combination of viscosity and “nerve” (the French word for crisp natural fruit acidity). After three years of drought conditions, the El Nino weather pattern returned effectively raising the Pacific Ocean temperatures and promoting an uplift of moisture into the upper atmosphere. The 2010 harvest broke from the year’s proceeding drought riddled harvests with vineyards being graced with above average rainfall, approaching as much as 40 inches in parts. The unique microclimate in the mountainous vineyards allowed for well- balanced and vibrant acidity for our Zinfandel.
Adelaida’s only dry farmed vineyard, Michael’s, planted in 2003, contains 22 acres of traditional head-pruned, heritage Zinfandel clones sourced from the Paso Robles AVA. Covering a wave-like, undulating hilltop, the vineyard has varying elevations, from 1580 to 1735 feet. The site, selected for its base of top soil and minimal erosion, is more appropriate for deep rooted vines. The installation utilized bud wood sourced from 110 and 80 year old vines which were grafted onto lime tolerant rootstock. Vines are spaced 11 x 11 feet in a diamond configuration, 360 vines/acre. Low yields are the norm, around 1 ton/acre. In 2010 Adelaida achieved SIP Certification for our sustainable vineyard practices.
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