For over twenty years, Peter Haywood has been cultivating award winning fruit in the Mayacamas Mountains. Sprawled across rocky hillside terraces with plenty of sun exposure, the vineyards are the ideal setting for classic Zinfandel.
Winemaker Michael Lancaster worked with the fruit to create a restrained and refined expression. Our 2013 vintage displays cranberry fruit and a hint of candied violets amid finely structured tannins.
Varietal: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vineyard Designation: Los Chamizal Vineyard
Harvested: September 17th, 2013
Barrels: 30% new American oak Aging 17 months
Bottled: April 1st, 2015
TA: 6.0 g/L
Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Winery: Tin Barn Vineyards
Tin Barn Vineyards celebrates those hidden treasures that lie off the map. Our wines highlight the true character of Sonoma County.
High atop the ridges of the Sonoma Coast, just off Tin Barn Road, lies a remote plot of Syrah vines. From this fog enshrouded slope, we sourced grapes for our very first wine and derived inspiration for our name.
In the years since, winemaker Michael Lancaster and his business partners have made a fitting home in our own “tin barn”—a warehouse in rural Sonoma that serves as both cellar space and tasting room. Here, we’ve joined with fellow artisan winemakers to form the collective known as Eighth Street Wineries.
Come visit sometime! Remember, though, that a map will only get you so far.
This generously ripe wine has a tartness of acidity and cranberry crunch dotted in black cherry that freshens its overall thickness and density. Full-bodied, the oak is nuanced, 30% of it new American oak. 88 points
This robust, full-throttle zin blasts forward on peach-scented ripeness, then pulls back toward spicy clove and peppercorn tones held in the tannins, finishing with a chewy persistence that will match grilled pork. 88 points
Ooooo, this looks right up our alley. Then the disappointment of seeing our troublesome state of IL isn’t on the list. Maybe we’ll get to visit the vineyard on our next trip out that way- small consolation, as this looks like a good deal indeed.
/giphy no love for Illinois
In for four because…ah, I just have to try this. (But I literally cannot justify buying anymore wine at this point.) This should be interesting. High alcohol indicates ripeness, but that pH level…this isn’t going to be flabby. Might be a bit too tart for my tastes, but we’ll find out! Plus 5 years of aging? Yeah. That’s what sold me. I can reasonably try it now instead of having to be patient.
@klezman yeah, true, but it happens! The reason I wanted to try this originally is because I was making a Zinfandel then that was coming in at 3.25 at the time. (At 24.5 brix!) So it didn’t seem impossible.