The palate is deep, rich and extraordinarily endowed from the front of the palate to the richness of the mid palate and finish. Black cherry and freshly crushed black and red peppercorns are the highlight with chocolate and vanilla bean notes. A total sensorial experience.
92 Pts Wine Advocate Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Zinfandel Cassata Vineyard opens with expressive kirsch, stewed plums and baked blackberry scents plus nuances of dried herbs, cardamom, cloves, incense and fertile soil. Full-bodied, rich and boldly fruited in the mouth, it has a grippy frame and just enough freshness to lift the spice-laced fruit to a nice long finish.
Selection: Chauvet, Monte Rosso, Pagani, PS Clone 1
Age of vines: 10 years
Elevation: 460 ft
Avg Temp: 50-85 degrees Avg Harvest Date: early to mid-October
Farming techniques: Bio-Dynamic Vineyard Head trained Zin, Trellised PS
Soils: Loamy, skeletal, clay, very rocky. Produces a Zin that is light on its feet
Cool climate hillside vineyard behind the famous Pagani Ranch.
Vinification: 15% whole cluster, all de-stemmed, not crushed, open top fermenters, punch downs 5 x day
Blackberry jam, chocolate covered cherries, ground crushed black pepper and black licorice components