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Wine Name: Zinfandel
Vintage: 2005
Appellation: Napa Valley (AVA)
Sub-Appellation: Rutherford
Vineyard: Estate, CCOF
Suggested Retail Price: $ 30
Alcohol Content: 15%
Cases Produced: 500
Winemaker: Julie Johnson
Winemaker Tasting Notes: The Rutherford Bench, classic ‘Cabernet Country’ also turns out to be a pretty splendid place to grow and make Zinfandel. That’s our conclusion after nine vintages of the Tres Sabores project: to find out if grapes that had been part of multiple-vineyard Zin blends in the past could make a distinguished, single vineyard wine. Planted by an Air Force Veteran in the early 70’s, the vineyard became our “front yard” when we moved here in 1987. Since 1999, Tres Sabores has sought to illuminate the ‘three savory tastes’ in every bottle of wine: the vibrant taste of the vine supported by the taste of the terroir and also complemented by the winemaker’s personal taste and timing. Zin just happens to be a particularly vibrant and delightfully impressionable varietal, capable of taking up the respective contributions of place and artisan style and in a particularly refreshing way. So indeed, from 1999 through 2004, I asked three winemakers: Karen Culler, Rudy Zuidema, and Ken Bernards (replaced by Ashley Heisey in 2002) to join me in a project to discover the true taste of ‘this’ Rutherford terroir. Each winemaker was given carte blanche to make their own wine from a third of the vineyard—to craft their individual interpretation of what to my mind is one of the most savory and sensual of varietals. For several vintages, I kept the exploration going; we bottled three distinctive winemaker cuvees. Then, prior to bottling the 2003 I decided to bring the project full circle at last. We all sat down together and over the course of several tastings of the three individual cuvees, created one wine reflecting everything we had learned about how the vineyard might express its particular character, taste, and personality. For the 2004 Vintage I joined Rudy and Ashley as a winemaker and we repeated the cuvee-blend tastings again The 2005 Rutherford, (made solely by yours, truly) shines with all of the sumptuous, berry-forward aromas and spicy, black pepper flavors one would hope for in a Zinfandel. Yet it reflects its elegant Rutherford pedigree and is easily persuaded to take a supporting role on the table when asked to. Harvests were concentrated in the three weeks beginning on October 7th. Dry farmed and yielding between ˝ and two tons per acre, berry sugars averaged between 24.8 and 26.5 brix. Small but significant technical differences characterized the winemaking as lots were cold-macerated for from three to as long as seven days, average fermentation temperatures ranged from 76F to 88F, a few lots were allowed to ferment spontaneously (a process this vineyard loves). All wines were aged for 15 months in approximately 50% new oak--largely French with a handful of American—(Rudy’s favorite for his cuvee in particular). Quick notes: What: Rutherford Bench estate Zinfandel from 35 year-old, certified organic vines. Very low yield What we like about the wine: Great balance, fruit forward, nice texture Spicy black and white pepper Smoky black cherry, Blackberry, & Blueberry Stylish and elegant (that’s the Rutherford Bench)
Release Date: 01/08
Sold Out: yes
Special Offers for ZAP Members

Tasting Discount: $10 or 50%
* As above

Offers ZAP Members Invitations
to Wine Club or Special Events

* If you would like to be contacted about special events that Tres Sabores is participating in, please contact us:

1620 S Whitehall Lane
St Helena, CA 94574
Phone: 707-967-8027
Fax: 707-967-8029

Winery Founded: 1999
Winery Location Region: Napa Valley
Cases Produced: 3,000
Winery Open for Tasting: By Appt. Only
Winery Charges for Tasting: Yes; $20
   * ZAP members presenting their membership card receive a 50% discount on the tasting fee for themselves and one companion and may picnic at the vineyard
Retail Sales at Winery: By Appt. Only
Offers Online Sales: Yes
   * Are you interested in purchasing Tres Sabores? Terrific! Please go to our website for details or call us directly at 707-967-8027. Thank you!
Has a Wine Club: Yes
   * The Tres Sabores Wine Society: "SABOR" is going strong. We welcome your membership! Three tiers are available for subscription, the wine is sent in four equal shipments: Terroir (total of 1 case/year), Varietal (total of 2 cases/year), Artisan (total of 4 cases/year). Members are invited to special events at the winery and receive a discount on wine purchases and on most out-of-winery events. Please contact us or visit the website for details.
Offers Winery Tours: By Appt. Only
Offers Vineyard Tours: By Appt. Only
Food Available at Winery: Yes
   * We offer tastings of our Fire-Roasted Zinfandel Marinade and Grilling glaze and tastings of our CCOF estate Olive Oil (as available seasonally)
Has a Picnic Area: Yes
   * ZAP members are invited to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy their tasting under our centuries-old olive trees at vineyard-side. We are off the beaten path and known not only for our panoramic views of the Rutherford Bench but for our spirit of hospitality!
Offers a Meet the Winemaker Tour: By Appt. Only
   * Every tour is personally conducted by either the winemaker/ owner, or our estate manager.
Offers a Barrel Tasting: By Appt. Only
   * Please contact us to make a special appointment for a barrel tasting. Thank you. 707-967-8027

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