Skull & Bones 2010

2010 Zinfandel
Dove Pond Vineyard
Paso Robles, California
125 cases produced

Vineyard Notes:

Dove Pond Vineyard is located directly adjacent to our own property in the Templeton Gap area of the Paso Robles AVA. The 18 + acre site is separated from our field by just a narrow strip of oak trees and shares the same distinctive calcareous shale and sandstone soils. Irrigation is very limited and the vines are planted north-south, taking full advantage of the warm summer growing season. The result is low yields of dense, high quality fruit.

Winemaker Notes:

This wine has both brightness and earthy tones amidst the brambly fruit backdrop.  Deep, plummy color and floral aromatics. The cooler Westside climate moderated ripeness and gave us grapes that allowed us to produce an “old world” style wine, with balanced fruit and integration. All the classic zinfandel aromas and flavors are present, nuanced by an austerity that is hard to come by in most California Zinfandels.

Production notes:

Pick date:  November 11, 2010
Brix at harvest: 25.2
25% new American Oak
TA: 7.7 g/L
pH: 3.45
Alcohol by volume: 14.8%

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