2017 Zinfandel, Walker, 750 ml
This Zinfandel is extremely well-balanced, with a lot of depth & character.
Vineyard Notes: The Walkers have been growing grapes in El Dorado County since the 1930’s. Their 220 acre property, sitting at 2100 ft of elevation, is planted to Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Barbera & Petite Sirah. The 2017 Zinfandel was sourced from their back vineyard, where the head-trained Zinfandel vines were planted in the 1970’s & are clones of the original plantings from the 30’s, grafted on St George rootstock. The vineyard soil is a coarse loam with lots of sand.
Cellar Notes: Grapes were picked overnight & were ready by 10am. Grapes were whole cluster fermented with native yeasts. In barrel, it was stirred several times and sat in elevage for 16 months.
Tasting Notes: This Zinfandel is extremely well-balanced, with a lot of depth & character. It begins with a rich melange of ripe red fruits, raspberry predominant, backed up by spicy/herbal allspice, clove & rye. The finishing tannins are smooth & firm, leading to a lingering dusty, drawn-out coda.