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Elsbree Vineyards is located in Windsor off Arata Lane. They continually produce excellent fruit. The vineyard, made up of Century vines, is planted on the west side of their Pinot vineyard on a low gently sloping hill.
We use many of the same techniques with our Zinfandel as with our Pinot Noir. We cold-soak the grapes for three days and once the fermentation begins we hand punch the grapes in open-top fermenters, a method not commonly used with Zinfandel. The wine was then aged for 15 months in Francois Frères oak barrels. We always keep the grapes separate throughout the process so we can make blending decisions after the grapes have evolved independently. Because we make our Zinfandel using the same techniques as our Pinot Noir, our Zin really appeals to the Pinot lover.
Medium ruby color. Spicy berry, white pepper with lovely hints of toast on the nose. Jammy black berry, raspberry liveliness with a toasty, peppery seductive finish that has great acidity and balance.