(1998 Vintage) The grapes were destemmed but not crushed and transferred to stainless steel fermentation tanks. As a result, a significant portion of the fruit remained either intact as berries or in partial cluster. We find that whole berry or cluster fermentation of our Zinfandel grapes helps produce a concentrated, fresh and forward raspberry-like character in the resulting wine. This fermentation from inside the berry itself ""seals"" in a true fruit character and minimizes the possibility of extracting ...
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesAlthough a bit unassuming and low in drive, this wine's aromas still manage to convey a reasonable sense of varietal fruit. On the palate, however, the wine never gets going and comes up somewhat heavy and blunt with only a minimal bit of background fruit.