Norman Vineyards Zinfandel Paso Robles the Monster 2004
Grape Variety: 93% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Syrah Appellation: Paso Robles Analysis: Alcohol: 15.2% by volume pH: 3.58 TA: .80g/100ml RS: .25% Harvest Dates: 9/28/05– 10/21/05 (5 ranches) Barrel Ageing: 14 months in 34% neutral oak uprights, 66% in 1-3 year old Fr & Am oak barrels Similar to the El Nino weather patterns of 1997, ample spring rains and a cooler than normal summer permitted full ripening and long hang-time. Although the crop level averaged 15% above normal, mainly due to a healthy set, cluster and berry sizes were low, resulting in excellent concentration of flavors. The mild, dry fall allowed for physiological ripeness without excessive sugar, thus alcohols are moderate, and the resulting wines are balanced and accessible. Winemaking We hand-harvested bunches from our best Zinfandel ranches at the peak of ripeness, to achieve intense jam and spice without raisiny or pruny characteristics, and used moderate fermentation temperatures and gentle cap irrigation to extract color, body and flavor, but not harsh or bitter tannin. Each lot was aged separately in oak barrels or upright casks until the final blend was put together right before bottling.
Welcome to Norman Vineyards, a small family owned winery in the beautiful hills west of Paso Robles on California’s Central Coast. We’ve been growing grapes here for over 30 years, and making wine for over 15. Our specialty over the years has been elegant Cabernet and Meritage, bold Zinfandels, Barbera, and Chardonnay. Along the way we’ve thrown in a few small production wines to keep it interesting, and now, Syrah, which joined our lineup in 2002.