A dark ruby, almost black cherry color with a concentrated nose of blackberry, olive, cinnamon stick, clay pot, freshly cracked white peppercorn and white flowers. Exotic on the front palate with a black forest flavor profile that flows into a full-bodied midpalate that highlights more peppery / savory notes into a lengthy finish. As sensual as a Zinfandel can be.
I have made 3 different Zinfandels using the terra cotta amphora. Each one different, but each one shows how using the porous amphora provides for a different texture, aromatics and flavors. It's like oak, it allows for some oxygen – it brings not only a richness to the wine, but an extra silkiness to its texture. It's also a neutral material like stainless steal and does not impart any additional flavors.
Aromatically, the wines always seem a touch brighter and more perfumed. I enjoy showing a different expression of a vineyard using different fermentation and aging vessels. I have made Orcio from the Cassata, Sweetwater Springs, and Rinaldi vineyards.
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