{2016 Zinfandel – Estate}

A mix of two estate vineyard blocks planted in 1992 and 1997, head trained and spur pruned in traditional style.  Our 2016 Zinfandel has bright raspberry, pomegranate, black pepper, and cinnamon aromas.  Pretty plum, raspberry, and creamy oak flavors mingle in the mouth and are framed by balanced acidity and subtle tannins which coat the palate before the long, textured finish.  Blended with 3% Petite Sirah.  Organically farmed, bottled without filtration.  
Blend:  97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

Price:  $26

Cases Produced:  235

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There are very few Zinfandel vineyards growing at a higher elevation than ours at 2500 feet.  This high elevation and our south facing slope give us a unique expression of Zinfandel.  Our 2015 is 100% Zinfandel, just the second time since 1999 we didn't need to blend in a touch of Petite Sirah.  This wine is perfectly ripe, with loads of raspberry and blackberry fruit in the nose, notes of white pepper, and mouth-filling flavors of red fruits and milk chocolate. Refreshing acidity, and integrated, balanced tannins speak of our high elevation origin. Organically farmed, bottled without filtration.
Blend:  100% Zinfandel

Price:  $26

Cases Produced:  343

The Zin vines are the oldest in our estate vineyard and we grow them traditionally - head trained and spur pruned.  This old fashioned technique keeps yields in check, provides plenty of sun and air flow for the clusters and leaves, and creates vines that look really characterful too! This is our 17th vintage of Zinfandel and we're delighted with this wine.  The nose is full of intense and enticing fresh blackberry, black peppercorn, and cocoa aromas, followed by elegant, full bodied flavors of dark chocolate and dark cherry, balanced acidity and nicely integrated tannins.  Grapes farmed organically, and bottled without filtration. 

Blend:  98% Zinfandel, 2% Petite Sirah

Price:  $25

Cases Produced:  280

We are passionate about this California heritage grape. This release, our 16th vintage, comes from the rows of beautiful head trained vines which flow out to the west of the winery and up the south-facing hillside to our house.  When we put together the final blend, we found the wine so complete we decided not to add any Petite Sirah.  That hasn't happened since 1999.  This wine has gorgeous bright, fresh blackberry aromas with seductive dark red fruits framed by a hint of French oak.  Pure and lively in the mouth, with dark cherry and chocolate flavors, freshly cracked black peppercorn, subtle acidity and an elegant texture.  Grapes farmed organically, and bottled without filtration.   

Blend:  100% Zinfandel

Price:  $25

Cases Produced: 370 

After all the cool weather challenges of the 2010 and 2011 growing seasons, 2012 made farming fun again. A relatively small crop in the vineyard and uneventful summer weather allowed even ripening throughout our 4 blocks of Zinfandel. These grapes were a pleasure to work with and the resulting wine is delightful. From the deep raspberry and dark chocolate aromatics to its seductive brightness and crisp, pure red fruit flavors, this wine has the richness, depth, and structure to charm you for years to come.  Organically farmed grapes. Bottled without filtration. 

Blend:  94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah

Price:  $25

Cases Produced:  421

In cool vintages like 2011, we get to leave fruit on the vines longer which is good for flavor development, with physiological maturity of the grape clusters occurring at lower sugar levels, resulting in excellent flavors at lower alcohol levels. Our 2011 Zinfandel has quintessential young Cedarville Zin aromas of cinnamon, raspberry, and brown sugar. The flavors are initially dark cherry and minerally, then open up into dark plums with pretty French oak, and a wonderful red fruited juiciness complimented by lively acidity.

Blend: 94% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 420

2010 was a very cool year, punctuated by one short, intense heat wave in late August.  The vintage required us to patiently wait for optimum ripeness, meticulously hand sort for the best grape clusters, and carefully select oak barrels and vineyard blocks for the final wine.  Our 2010 Zinfandel is a beautiful wine, loaded with pure aromas of ripe raspberry, anise, and brown sugar, with pretty red fruit, spicy, cinnamon, and dark chocolate flavors.  The mouth is layered with soft, well integrated tannins, fresh acidity, and a finish that goes on and on. 

Blend:  96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah

Price:  $22

Cases Produced:  536

This is our 12th vintage of Zinfandel. Tim Fish, associate editor and Zinfandel reviewer for Wine Spectator tasted a barrel sample of this wine and wrote, “Dense yet still light on its feet, with focused blackberry flavors, 90-94 points“. We agree, this vintage is big, thick, and textural, yet its integrated tannins and overall balance keep it in bounds. Its brooding blackberry aromas and long finish stand out this vintage. The final blend includes our four estate Zinfandel vineyard blocks, with 8% Petite Sirah added for depth. It's a classic!

Price:  $22

Cases Produced:  639

This is our 11th vintage of Zinfandel, and we're smitten by its charms.  Crafting the final blend for this wine was a treat.  The Zinfandel component by itself was nearly a complete wine, loaded with ripe raspberry fruit, rich texture, and a long delicious finish.  We didn't need to blend in much Petite Sirah, as just a touch accentuated the black pepper character.  A little Grenache gave the wine aromatic lift (how could a bit of Grenache hurt?). 

All of this, bolstered by the minerality of our granitic soils, and you have one tasty Zinfandel at a great introductory price. 

Blend:  92% Zinfandel, 5% Grenache, 3% Petite Sirah

Our 2007 Zinfandel is our 10th vintage of Zinfandel, and it's a beauty.  Wine Spectator's Tim Fish tasted a barrel sample of our 2007 Zinfandel and wrote:

"Cedarville Estate El Dorado Fair Play 2007 ($22) offers a burst of bright cherry fruit and followed it with excellent acidity, structure and length.  I would give all of these (listed) wines a preliminary rating of 89-91 points, non-blind, on Wine Spectator's 100-point scale." 

These are our own tasting notes on the wine:  Aromas of ripe raspberry, root spices, and fresh cream lead into flavors of espresso bean and bright, juicy red fruits, with a long fruit-filled finish.    This is our best Zin since the 2004 vintage. 

Blend:  90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

Price:  $22

Cases Produced:  744

The harvest from our 2006 Zinfandel vines was quite small, yielding grapes with deep, concentrated flavor. Unlike the 2005 vintage, there was no need to perform a strict selection of our Zinfandel lots to assemble this wine. All the separate vineyard blocks were delicious! We enhanced the complexity of the wine by blending in a touch of Petite Sirah and Syrah, and for the first time, a little bit of Grenache. Aromas of dark fruits, blackberries, wood smoke, and root spices lead into flavors of chocolate, ripe raspberry, subtle mineral notes, and mint, with remarkable structure, and a very long, lingering finish. Serious stuff.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: Estate Vineyard, south facing slop near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend: 88% Zinfandel, 6% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 3% Grenache

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 754

As in many past years, we decided to do a strict selection of the most intense and flavorful barrels from our five Zinfandel vineyard blocks for inclusion in the final blend. In the end, three blocks were used in their entirety, with the other two blocks making only a small contribution to the final blend. We're delighted with the resulting wine.  It may turn out to be better than the 2004, especially if you're a fan of pure Zin fruit. The 2005 has pretty ruby color, aromas of blackberry, wood smoke, and exotic spices which jump from the glass, followed by lively, juicy ripe flavors before the long, fruity finish.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: Estate Vineyard, south facing slop near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 764

Wow, what a decadent wine! If you are a fan of big, ripe Zins, this wine is right up your alley. The Zinfandel grapes came in super-ripe and full of flavor at harvest in 2004. We really put our hand-sorting equipment to work this year, as some very warm weather in early August led to a fair amount of raisining. Our primary focus at the sorting table was removing those raisins, in order to prevent the pruney and, well, raisiny aromas and flavors they cause. As always, we harvested our Zinfandel vineyard in five separate blocks and kept the lots separate in the winery. In past years, only our favorite Zinfandel lots have made it into the final blend, and we've sold off the lots that didn't make the cut. That didn't happen in 2004, since all five lots were just outstanding. We included them all in the final blend.

In January, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine favorably reviewed our 2003 Zinfandel, calling it "a near-classic expression of Sierra Foothill potency". The 2004 Zinfandel may be THE classic expression of Sierra Foothill potency. It has knock-out aromas of blackberry jam and cocoa, and the mouth bursts with black cherry, chocolate, and jammy flavors that go on and on.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: Estate Vineyard, south facing slop near top of vineyard at over 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend: 96% Zinfandel, 4% Petite Sirah

15.9% alcohol

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 680

As the folks at Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine said about our 2002 Zinfandel, "it does not simply pursue ripeness for ripeness sake, and it finds a good dose of fruit at its heart it is full and quite inviting in feel". This is exactly what we're trying to achieve, and while we love our 2002 Zinfandel, we think our 2003 may be even better!

As has been the case the last couple of years, our final blend is a strict selection of our four favorite of the six vineyard blocks of our Zinfandel field (we sold off the wine from the other two blocks). The 2003 Zinfandel delivers the characteristics we enjoy in our favorite Zins: ripeness, juiciness, rich texture, and food friendliness.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: 100% Higgins clone Zinfandel from our Hilltop, Porcupine, and Winery blocks

Blend: 90% Zinfandel, 7% Mourvedre, 3% Syrah

15.7% alcohol

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 737

Tasting Note: This vintage, the wine shows tasty black cherry and crème Brule flavors to match the usual complement of raspberry fruit in the nose and mouth. The color is so deep on this 2003 Zinfandel, and the structure so nicely developed that we decided not to blend in any Petite Sirah this year. We love the way that our Mourvedre blends with our Zinfandel though, so we decided to increase the percentage of Mourvedre and add a touch of Syrah too, to round out the lengthy finish.

Wow, without a doubt, this is the richest, darkest, and densest Zinfandel we've offered to date. We love this wine! Our Zinfandel vineyard is divided into 7 sub-blocks, and almost all of them were 10 years old in 2002, an age where our vines seemed to settle down and behave themselves. We were able to dry farm some of the blocks for the first time, and yields have stabilized at just under 3 tons per acre. These grapes were harvested fully ripe, and picked block by block over several weeks.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: 100% Higgins clone Zinfandel from our Hilltop, Porcupine, and Winery blocks

Blend: 94% Zinfandel, 4% Mourvedre, 2% Petite Sirah

15.7% alcohol

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 1,056

Tasting Note: The 2002 Zinfandel has deep red raspberry aromas, along with pretty cinnamon and smoky notes, and a touch of subtle minerality typical of our vineyard. In the mouth, the wine is packed with chocolate, black cherries, and berry pie flavors leading to an intense, mouth filling finish.

In 2001, we harvested our Zinfandel vineyard in six different blocks over a 4 week period of time (quite remarkable for a small contiguous vineyard). Harvesting all of our Zinfandel vineyard blocks at once would be more convenient, but with a hillside vineyard like ours, grape ripeness varies too much from the top to the bottom of the hill. We want all the grapes perfectly ripe; harvesting in small blocks lets us control that. Just to be doubly certain, we hand sort each cluster before it's crushed, rejecting underripe and overripe clusters.

If this wasn't enough, we selected only the Hilltop, Porcupine, and Winery Blocks for the final 2001 blend. We excluded the wine made from the Gophersnake Block, and sold it to another winery. It's expensive to select only the best blocks for our final blend, but worth it to ensure we don't compromise the quality of our Zinfandel.

Estate Vineyard Blocks: 100% Higgins clone Zinfandel from our Hilltop, Porcupine, and Winery blocks

15.3% alcohol

Price: $22

Cases Produced: 830

Tasting Note: Our 2001 Zinfandel displays aromas of black cherry, raspberry, and cocoa, plus appetizing raspberry jam, chocolate, and black pepper flavors. It is a hypothetical mix of the dark fruit flavors and structure of our 1999 Zinfandel, and the pure ripeness of our 2000 Zinfandel.