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Eos Late Harvest Zinfandel Port 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

Due to a rain system then a sunny warm week with a healthy canopy the Zinfandel grapes for the Port ripened very evenly and quickly allowing for a slightly higher than normal sugar content. This led to a Port that is ready slightly earlier than normal with more of the Jammy nutty characters we look for. This will allow the wine to age for a longer period in the bottle allowing for more of the traditional nuttiness to come out as the fruit dies down. Although growing Zinfandel requires more work than other varietals, it is a labor of love for the Eos winemaking team. Intense aromas of prunes, molasses, roasted walnuts and maple syrup fill the nose. The nutty characters glide across the palate with essence of plums and espresso while the spiciness of dry earth, cedar, and cinnamon linger on the palate for an extended finish.

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EOS Estate Winery:
Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology to harness the sun’s energy to craft premium wines. Visits to the spacious, Italianate hospitality center, perched on a hilltop amid rose gardens in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, blend wine tasting with solar-powered farming and winemaking operations... Read more
Originally named for the Goddess of the Dawn in ancient Greek mythology, Eos Estate Winery uses state-of-the-art, eco-friendly technology to harness the sun’s energy to craft premium wines. Visits to the spacious, Italianate hospitality center, perched on a hilltop amid rose gardens in the heart of Paso Robles wine country, blend wine tasting with solar-powered farming and winemaking operations. In 2008, Eos launched a $5 million project to install a cutting-edge solar system to power the winery and tasting room operations. More than two acres of ground-mounted tracking solar arrays now supply all electrical power for the winery and tasting room, and additional roof-mounted solar arrays provide all water-heating needs. Eos is the largest winery on California's Central Coast to run completely on alternative energy. Guided tours of the solar power system are available to visitors upon request. Other investments have resulted in extensive winery improvements, including a super-high-tech wine lab, and the replanting of several vineyard blocks. We also recruited a new Director of Winemaking, Nathan Carlson, lured by our commitment to sustainable agriculture and the use of solar energy to provide energy needs. A native of rural Minnesota and a key member of winemaking teams in Central California and Oregon's Dundee Hills, Carlson has more than a decade of winemaking experience, and is known as an expert in regional climate and weather patterns. A cypress-lined drive leads up to the hospitality center, where visitors can taste their way through a complimentary flight of wines. Eos encourages guests to sit outdoors amid the lush gardens, shaded by palm, olive, and oak trees, and enjoy the scenic views of the sun-splashed vineyards and rolling hills of this eco-friendly estate. Tastings: Reserve tasting $10.00, Estate tasting $5.00 The Wines: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Late Harvest Moscato, Malbec, Merlot, Muscat Canelli, Petite Sirah, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Zinfandel Port Specialty: Estate-grown, block-designate Petite Sirah Of Special Note: Picnic area. Limited reserve, special blends, and Cupa Grandis wines are available only in the tasting room Read less

Due to a rain system then a sunny warm week with a healthy canopy the Zinfandel grapes for the Port ripened very evenly and quickly allowing for a slightly higher than normal sugar content. This led to a Port that is ready slightly earlier than normal with more of the Jammy nutty characters we look for. This will allow the wine to age for a longer period in the bottle allowing for more of the traditional nuttiness to come out as the fruit dies down. Although growing Zinfandel requires more work than other varietals, it is a labor of love for the Eos winemaking team. Intense aromas of prunes, molasses, roasted walnuts and maple syrup fill the nose. The nutty characters glide across the palate with essence of plums and espresso while the spiciness of dry earth, cedar, and cinnamon linger on the palate for an extended finish.

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Closure: Cork

Notes: Aged for 12 months in 100 % Neutral oak barrels.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 19% pH: 3.84
Sugar: 9.2 grams per liter Total Acidity: .84 grams per liter

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