(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.
(From 2011 Vintage) Very dark garnet with pink rim. Floral, boysenberry, black cherry and anise spiced nose. A rich blackberry and tartarian cherry entry expands into a powerful and focused core of black fruit, truffle and licorice spice that finishes with refreshing acidity and sufficient tannins to maintain brightness, balance and length on the palate.