(From 2012 Vintage) Dick Sias, cofounder of Joullian Vineyards, is considered the father of Zinfandel in Carmel Valley. In 1984, he supervised the planting of Carmel Valley's first Zinfandel vines at Joullian. We began with a nonheat-treated Amador County clone selected by Dr.Bioletti in 1917, and have since added pre-prohibition vineyard selections from Lytton Springs, Brandlin (Mt.Veeder), St. Peter's Church (Cloverdale) and Primitivo-3 (Puglia, Italy). For complexity, we also have small amounts of Petite Sirah (Lytton Springs), plus our Italian field crush varieties: Aleatico, Alicante Bouchet, Carignane and Black Grenache. Joullian's multi-clonal approach in the vineyard continues to reap multidimensional benefits in the winery.
TASTING NOTES: Raspberry, red currant, anise and exotic, spicy wild fruit aromas and flavors shoot out of the glass and across the palate...there's a lushness in the mouth, but also sufficient structure and acidity to accentuate brightness and complexity. Age it for 8 years and you may think you are drinking a rich claret...but please don't miss out on its youthful expression of raspberry fruit.FOOD COMPANIONS: Serve at backyard barbecues, black-tie nouvelle cuisine extravaganzas and wherever exo...