EASTON "E" Zinfandel is the newest member of our Zinfandel portfolio. This is our first attempt with Zinfandel, to ramp back the winemaking from our mostly minimalist techniques, even further, by attempting to make the wine solely in the vineyard, and to let the fermentation proceed on its' own with ambient yeast as the fruit arrived at the winery. The grapes come to us from the Rice-MacDonald Vineyard in the Fiddletown AVA. This is a site that we manage and farm as a non-contiguous Estate vineyard. This is a 100% organic vineyard and it is a very cool site for Zinfandel, where crop size is monitored closely to make sure we can get the grapes to ripen properly, usually in mid-October. All weed removal is done mechanically and by hand. All fertilization is with organic-certified compost. Rodents are managed by our barn owl air force. Grapes are all hand-harvested and delivered to the winery where the grapes are de-stemmed and dumped into open-top fermenters. The natural fermentation usually starts within 4 days and proceeds for 10 days. The wine is gently pressed and racked to mostly third and fourth use French oak barrels. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bottling was sixteen months later and the wine was aged in bottle six months prior to release. It now shows great spicy aromatics, delicious boysenberry fruit flavors, and a fascinating mineral laden finish from the vineyards schist-laden hillside. Tim Fish writing in the Wine Spectator after tasting a barrel sample at ZAP 2011 said about this first "E" Zinfandel, "dense plum fruit meets layered and loamy acidity. Ends on a zesty, briary note."
Why "E"? "E" stands for: EASTON, ecological techniques, estate-grown, elevation, and exquisite.
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Wine Purchase Discount at Winery: 20% on cases, 1 case maximum 10% on bottles, 3 bottles minimum
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