2007 Zinfandel – Dante Dusi Vineyard

– Harvested by hand on September 9, 2007
– Juice analysis; 25.7 º
Brix, 6.82 g/l T.A., 3.51 pH
– 100% Destemmed, and crushed into a top 10-ton stainless steel fermentation tank
– 15 Day Cuvaison/Skin contact;
9 Day Cold Soak @ 59 ºF 6 Day Fermentation, punched down 3 times per day, peak temperature 81 ºF
– Aged in French oak barrels 18 months – 20% new French oak, François Frerés, Sirugue, Taransaud and 80% once and twice used barrels
– Clarified by racking three times and a light filtration prior to bottling
– Wine analysis; 15.0% alcohol, 6.15 T.A., 3.54 pH
– Bottled on April 9, 2009
Dante Dusi Vineyard was planted in 1945; the vines are head trained and dry farmed onwell-drained gravelly soil. Located on the north side of Templeton, the vineyard is situated in the “Templeton Gap” which is a cooler part of Paso Robles. Although the vineyard is only 30 milesinland from the Pacific Ocean, the climate is quiet warm as the cool breezes from the ocean donot reach the vineyard until very late in the day. However, summer night time temperatures typically go down to 55 ºF.
Yields from the vineyard were low at about 2 tons per acre, and that lead to wines withconcentrated ripe flavors.
Winemaking style focuses on balance, fruit flavors, moderate French oak, and a ripe butrestrained alcohol level.
This is a brilliant, dark ruby colored Zinfandel with spicy red-fruit: black cherry, cranberryand raspberry pastille characters with notes of slight mushroom, molasses, cedar, mace,cardamom and white pepper. It has elegant balance, fine soft tannins and creamy textures.
285 cases produced.

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