Zinfandel Blend, Klinker Brick 'Brickmason'
This zin blend started by barrel sampling through 16 different lots and choosing two that were exemplary of the varietal and vintage. The Costa Zin was chosen for its acidity, red fruit and spicy pepper with an elegant finish. The Burney Mettler was the opposite - big dark fruit with firm tannins and bold structure. These wines were then blended equally. In the cellar, they added their barrel fermented Farrah Syrah to bring additional depth and toasty vanilla aromas. They then incorporated Cabernet, which encouraged the reemergence of dark fruits and round tannins. Finally, Petite Syrah was added to enhance color and the structural integrity of the blend as well as give the wine aromas of blueberry with a hint of licorice. The final blend was aged for 16 months in American Oak and consists of 80% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Petite Syrah. Only 250 cases produced.