2021 Estate Zinfandel
Aromas of black cherry boysenberry, and cocoa powder jump from the glass, followed by layers of allspice, cardamom, and white pepper. On the palate, a rich, velvety texture and balanced acidity add length and sophistication to the dark berry and savory Asian plum flavors. Hints of dried flowers and spice lingering on the energetic finish.
91% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah
16 months in 50% French and 50% American oak
170 cases produced
At Stuhlmuller, two special blocks have been set aside for growing small amounts of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. These vines are head pruned to augment the natural intensity of the hillside fruit. The budwood for this Zinfandel came from the prized 120-year-old Teldeschi clone, a legendary selection from Dry Creek Valley.
Our Zinfandel was co-fermented with our Petite Sirah as 100% whole berries in open-top stainless-steel fermenters for a 17-day maceration period. A traditional manual basket press was then used for this small lot. The wine was aged in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels, with 20% new oak. It was racked twice and spent a total of 16 months in barrel before gentle crossflow filtration and bottling.