Zinfandel, Castoro Cellars
78% Zinfandel/22% Petite Sirah
CCOF Organically Grown & SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice)- Sourced from their Estate certified organic Zinfandel vineyards, these grapes get a lot of sunshine for full ripening and flavor development. This Zinfandel has a full and round midpalate with a pleasant lingering finish. Flavors of plum and blackberry jam, herb spice and soft tannins.
It can often be a race to get ripeness in Zinfandel from their westside vineyards before rain or frost arrives. On top of this is the characteristic of Zinfandel to not ripen evenly. In 2019 they harvested Zinfandel over the course of three weeks to insure optimum ripeness for each lot. The fermentation is followed closely as Zinfandel also has a propensity to stop before completion. They prefer a dry style of Zinfandel with no residual sugar. Aging is done in small American oak barrels. In this vintage they have incorporated some estate Petite Sirah for added structure.