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Tres Sabores ¿por Qué No Zinfandel Blend 2006

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2006 ¿Por qué No? History of the wine We make two lovely estate wines at Tres Sabores: Rutherford Zinfandel (limited to 500 cases) and Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon (200 cases). Back in 2000, we had a few barrels left over and literally asked ourselves: “So what would happen if we combined everything delicious that we still had in the cellar and added a little vino from our spice box (Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot)?” To which, of course, the answer was: “Why Not?!” Quite naturally, the wine reflects the composition and the spontaneity of the moment. We’ve made it ever since. In fact, now we’ve planted Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot on the property so we’re assured of making it every year. What we like about the wine ¤ Out-front fruit-filled aromatics: blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry. These characters reflect the Zinfandel element in the wine—especially since the use of ‘previously inspired’ barrels serves to buoy the fruit rather than mask it. ¤ Also—a nice middle mouth feel: there’s substance and texture there. Here’s where the Cabernet comes in. The Petite Sirah also gives an earthiness and robustness (and a dash of pepper, as well, complementing the natural spiciness of Zinfandel). ¤ Something fun that you can’t quite put your finger on: Petit Verdot adds a bit of sparkle—a fresh carbonic note—not to mention its contribution to the deep purple color. Winemakers notes The Rutherford Zinfandel hand crafted by Julie Johnson contribute to this wine (approximately 76% of the blend). Tres Sabores ‘Rutherford Perspective’ Cabernet (12%), Petit Verdot (from a great vineyard in Hopland) and Petite Sirah (from a neighbor in Rutherford) to make up the balance. All the grapes were hand harvested at 24.3 to 27.4 brix between early to mid September. Fermented in open top bins with frequent punch-downs then basket pressed and racked to a range of small oak barrels: mixing it up a bit between classic Bordeaux and Burgundy with a little American on the side (Seguin Moreau, Sylvain, Francois Freres, Billon, Berger, Ramond, Radoux, and World Cooperage). Natural acidity. pH of 3.8. Bottled early May 2008. 1200 cases. PO Box 238 Rutherford CA jaj@tressabores.com 707-967-8027

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Tres Sabores:
The Vineyards, Ranch, and Winery of Tres Sabores: "Three savory flavors" are nestled against the western Hills of Rutherford where Julie Johnson and her family grow organically certified Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The Tres Sabores collection comprises three sumptuous bottlings from the Napa Valley: Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon, Tres Sabores Zin... Read more
The Vineyards, Ranch, and Winery of Tres Sabores: "Three savory flavors" are nestled against the western Hills of Rutherford where Julie Johnson and her family grow organically certified Zinfandel, Cabernet, Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot. The Tres Sabores collection comprises three sumptuous bottlings from the Napa Valley: Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon, Tres Sabores Zinfandel and a delightful Zinfandel-based blend: ¿Por qué no? We are also fortunate to source grapes and make a zesty and rich single-vineyard Sauvignon blanc from Farina Vineyard in the Sonoma Mountain appellation of Sonoma County....All of our wines celebrate the creativity of winemaking, encourage you to explore your own ideas about taste as well as expand your personal enjoyment of wine "beyond terroir". Visitors to winery are personally welcomed by the owner, winemaker for a tour of the winery and vineyard, as well as a barrel tasting in the cave. Guests may make additional arrangements for a vineyard-side picnic gathering under the canopy of a century-old olive grove, olive oil or pomegranate tastings in season, as well as a personal introduction to the resident Goldens, sheep, and guinea hens. Travel into the western benchland off Whitehall Lane and discover the distinctive and truly enticing character of Rutherford. Read less

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2006 ¿Por qué No? History of the wine We make two lovely estate wines at Tres Sabores: Rutherford Zinfandel (limited to 500 cases) and Rutherford Perspective Cabernet Sauvignon (200 cases). Back in 2000, we had a few barrels left over and literally asked ourselves: “So what would happen if we combined everything delicious that we still had in the cellar and added a little vino from our spice box (Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot)?” To which, of course, the answer was: “Why Not?!” Quite naturally, the wine reflects the composition and the spontaneity of the moment. We’ve made it ever since. In fact, now we’ve planted Petite Sirah and Petit Verdot on the property so we’re assured of making it every year. What we like about the wine ¤ Out-front fruit-filled aromatics: blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry. These characters reflect the Zinfandel element in the wine—especially since the use of ‘previously inspired’ barrels serves to buoy the fruit rather than mask it. ¤ Also—a nice middle mouth feel: there’s substance and texture there. Here’s where the Cabernet comes in. The Petite Sirah also gives an earthiness and robustness (and a dash of pepper, as well, complementing the natural spiciness of Zinfandel). ¤ Something fun that you can’t quite put your finger on: Petit Verdot adds a bit of sparkle—a fresh carbonic note—not to mention its contribution to the deep purple color. Winemakers notes The Rutherford Zinfandel hand crafted by Julie Johnson contribute to this wine (approximately 76% of the blend). Tres Sabores ‘Rutherford Perspective’ Cabernet (12%), Petit Verdot (from a great vineyard in Hopland) and Petite Sirah (from a neighbor in Rutherford) to make up the balance. All the grapes were hand harvested at 24.3 to 27.4 brix between early to mid September. Fermented in open top bins with frequent punch-downs then basket pressed and racked to a range of small oak barrels: mixing it up a bit between classic Bordeaux and Burgundy with a little American on the side (Seguin Moreau, Sylvain, Francois Freres, Billon, Berger, Ramond, Radoux, and World Cooperage). Natural acidity. pH of 3.8. Bottled early May 2008. 1200 cases. PO Box 238 Rutherford CA jaj@tressabores.com 707-967-8027

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