These old vines barely provide a crop each year. The vineyard is about as old as they come in California with vines dating to the original planting in 1865. When you gaze on the vineyard on a cold Spring day after the vines have been pruned, the thousands of stout, thickly trunked vines are not unlike a amorphous Henry Moore sculpture, arms raised, pleading with the heavens for enough water to grow for another year. This vineyard is farmed with simplicity: pruning, plowing, and finally picking at the perfect time determined by our winemaker. Every year the wines are different and a revelation. We do not blend this wine with other Zinfandels in our cellar to make a consistent product. EASTON Fiddletown Zinfandel is always 100% Zinfandel from the Rinaldi Vineyard. We approach making the wine from this vineyard in much the same way a good winemaker would approach a Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy. We want to reveal what the fruit has to offer each year in all of its’ purity; not obscure it. This 2009 has thick brambly blackberry fruit with pepper, anise, clove, and other exotic spices. Yields are always incredibly low at under 2 tons per acre. Harvest was on October 7th and October 12th. Fat and mouth-filling with great persistence on the palate. Like all our EASTON Zinfandels, this wine was aged in exclusively French oak. The 2009 vintage will hold well for 5-10 years.
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10801 Dickson Road Plymouth, CA 95669 Phone: Test Fax: test test test
ZAP Member Since: 1995 Winery Founded: 1991 Winery Location Region: Sierra Foothills Cases Produced: 10,000 Winery Open for Tasting: Yes Winery Charges for Tasting: No Retail Sales at Winery: Yes Offers Online Sales: Yes Has a Wine Club: Yes * Grapehead's Wine Club receives 3 shipments a year totaling approximately $300. No membership fee. Additional they receive 20% off on all discountable case purchases. They receive invitations to special winery events. Offers Winery Tours: No Offers Vineyard Tours: No Food Available at Winery: No Has a Picnic Area: Yes * Shaded lawn area with picnic tables. Shaded grape arbor with tables. Pétanque court. Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: No Offers a Barrel Tasting: No