Pietra Santa Zinfandel Cienega Valley 2006
Our Zinfandel is produced from fifty-year old vines on a neighboring vineyard as well as grapes from our own estate including a treasured block planted in 1905. After fermentation, the wine undergoes extended maceration prior to aging for more than 2 years in French and American oak barrels. This bold and earthy Zinfandel tastes of ripe cherries and plums with compliments of toasty oak. It is well balanced with a persistent finish of black pepper and sage.
Big plummy fruit. Full body. Firm tannins.
This is a vegetally-inflected Zin that came highly recommended by strangers. With food the vegetal qualities seemed less pronounced but after having really enjoyed the Pietra Santa Merlot, I found this disappointing despite its relatively low price. I can get a Dry Creek Heritage or Quivira Zin where I am for just a little more money and not experience the same green taste.