A biodynamically farmed hillside vineyard at 450 ft. elevation planted behind the world famous Pagani Ranch Vineyard. This is a very cool growing area with 10 year old head trained vines. It is very rocky with loamy, skeletal and clay soils which produce a Zinfandel that is very concentrated but stays "light on its feet."
The Zinfandel selections planted here include Chauvet, Monte Rosso, and Pagani which are co-fermented. All add a unique component to the wine and when paired with a small amount of Clone 1 Petite Sirah, our Cassata Vineyard Zinfandels are full of notes of blackberry jam, chocolate covered cherries, and ground crushed black pepper. In 2013 we produced our first terra cotta amphora fermented and aged Zinfandel from this vineyard. Our Orcio Zinfandel highlights the significance of unconventional fermentation techniques which Jeff is well known for. Orcio has a more Rhône feel to it with a hint of Italian influence.
Terra Cotta Amphora imported from Italy