Turnabout's Fair Play




{2013 The Rules of Fair Play}

A wordplay based on the name of our Gold Rush era town and our grape growing area, this is the second vintage of our red blend crafted to reflect the rough and tumble side of Fair Play.   The 2013 version is big and complex.  Aromas of anise, dark cherry, and freshly cracked black pepper fill the glass.  In the mouth, dark plum and Kona coffee flavors are lifted by fennel seed spiciness, and the tannins are relatively subtle for having so much Petite Sirah in the blend.  Combined with the wine's freshness and balanced acidity, it's an ideal pairing for powerfully flavored foods.  Bottled without filtration.

Blend:  60% Zinfandel, 40% Petite Sirah

Price:  $36

Cases Produced:  74

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The legend of how our tiny town got its name goes something like this: Back in the early 1850's, during the beginning days of the Gold Rush on the streets of our soon-to-be-named village, a gun battle was averted when a bystander shouted "the rules of fair play apply here!”  Fast forward to a tamer present-day Fair Play,  where we've always wanted to make a big red blend to express the dark fruited character of our appellation.  Petite Sirah is the obvious place to start for big dark fruit, and Zinfandel is a natural to blend with Petite.   In the 2012 vintage they tasted so good together that The Rules of Fair Play blend was born. The blend is 60% Zinfandel from our Estate and 40% Petite Sirah from Naylor Vineyard, and of course, all grown here in Fair Play.  It's a big and bold wine, with Kona coffee and fresh blackberry aromatics,  and dark chocolate, black pepper, root spices and creamy oak flavors.  Silky tannins linger on the long finish. Unique and exceptionally tasty!  Bottled without filtration, 6 bottle limit.

Blend:  60% Zinfandel, 40% Petite Sirah

Price:  $36

Cases Produced:  73