The 2013 ZMC is a true California field blend of Zinfandel, Mourvedre, & Carignane farmed in the Contra Costa region. Fermented into open-top fermenters. Frequent punch-downs with long post-fermentation maceration ensured depth and complexity. This wine was then pressed off and racked and left to age for 5 years in a large format barrel. After an extended time in the barrel, the wine is integrated, with the roller coaster mouthfeel experience, starting with sweet cherries, intro raisin, and then finishing with light pepper and leather flavors.
Zinfandel is a very palate-friendly wine that is somehow bold and delicate at the same time. Often sought after because of the semi-sweet character notes. It is also part of California’s wine history & legacy, estimates are that about 10% of all of California’s vines are Zinfandel.
Mourvèdre is a wine with heavy raisin, fig, and jam flavor. A rich & dark-colored wine, it is a critical part of most rhone blends. The ability to add sweet leather and balance is unmatched.
Carignane is a high-yielding, high acid grape usually used to add sweet & spicy, & deep coloring components in blends. The variety is a difficult grape for winemakers to master and requires a lot of skill to produce a wine of finesse.
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