Escafeld Zinfandel Monterey County 2003
Wine Recommendation: Escafeld Vineyards 2003 Zinfandel Vineyard Notes: Grown in the sandy clay loam foothills of Monterey County's ninth and newest appellation, the San Antonio Valley, our vines see summer daytime temperatures 10-20 degrees warmer than much of Monterey County, with a cooling nighttime influence, and a little morning fog coming over the Santa Lucia range from the Pacific Ocean, just 15-20 miles away. This gives us a daily heat cycle of 50 degrees, producing the exceptional fruit that is hand harvested for our limited edition award winning wines. Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Our 2003 Zinfandel is dark red in the glass with a rich nose of chocolate, blackberry and raspberry. A generous concentration of mixed berry jam, blackberries and chocolate predominates a complexity of flavors. Hints of violets and vanilla give way to a long, lingering bright chocolate peppery-berry-cream finish. Technical Notes: Appellation: San Antonio Valley Fermentation: Stainless Steel Aging: American Oak Alcohol: 15.5% Return to Escafeld Wine List
Outstanding big (15.5%) zin. When first opened there was a bit of funkiness--slightly sulfur/skunk. Let it sit for 35 minutes in the bottle and this blew off entirely. Wine was deep ruby in color. Aromas of cherried candy were backed up by plum, cedar, and a hint of cocoa as the wine opened up. Palate of plum, dark chocolate dipped cherry, black tea, and cracked black pepper. Nice finish that was very peppery. Fine-grained tannins. A lovely, complex wine. No alcoholic heat, despite high alcohol level. Great value at under $20.
Violet color with a pleasant cherry-coke aroma this wine comes in a tad hot (I guess to be expected at 15.5% alcohol) so it could use some decanting. This medium bodied licorice flavored Zin is a little tannic giving a little bit of a "pucker" sensation. Nice, persistent toasted oak finish of medium length. This is a solid selection.
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This refreshingly light and somewhat rustic Zinfandel is bright, and a lightly saturated ruby fading to garnet. On the nose it has notes of stewed tomato, prune, fig, bacon, and cedar chest. On the palate it is round and soft with stewed fruit, earth, cedar, char, and port-like notes. The finish is big and surprisingly chewy. This would be delicious with pork ribs braised with red vermouth, freshly cut rosemary, plums, and black peppercorns. Steve and Elsbeth Wetherill own and operate this winery in Jolon, a sub-district of Monterey’s newest AVA, San Antonio Valley. Wine was made here as early as 1771, when the Mission San Antonio de Padua was established. Vineyards are planted in sandy clay loam foothills of the Santa Lucia range about 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, and they enjoy the cooling effects of morning coastal fog. Steve, who grew up in Sheffield, England, named the winery after the original name of his hometown, Escafeld , a combination of “esca” or border and “feld” or open space. The label depicts Elsbeth’s late grandmother, Mary-Ann Jones, whose husband entertained folks including the Beatles in his pub in Liverpool.
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