2016 Cienega Valley Zinfandel

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2016 Cienega Valley Zinfandel


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Vintage Summary

The 2016 growing season was characterized by better than average winter rainfall returning to the Cienega Valley, because of the persistent El Nino conditions. This resulted in a recovery year for the vines, with stronger growth, but no yield increase. Cool nights were the norm throughout August, with a heat spike in early September to finish off ripening. The grapes were harvested on September 9th.


The grapes were picked by hand, sorted in the field. At the winery the grapes were hand sorted into a 1 ton fermenter, without destemming. About 5% of each Orange Muscat and Mission grapes were picked with the Zinfandel (field blend). Pumped over once daily, pressed after a 10 day fermentation. Elevage in old (10 years) barriques for 18 months. Racked to stainless just before bottling. Unfined, unfiltered. Bottled February 19th, 2018. 33 cases produced.

Wine Stats

Brix at harvest: 24.5

Titratable Acidity: 6.1 g/L

pH: 3.75

Residual Sugar: 0.0 g/L

Alcohol: 14.5%