2011 Estate Zinfandel, Hawley Vineyard
2011 is the first vintage of Zinfandel from the Hawley estate since 1979 when John Hawley made a few cases of “garage wine” from the dilapidated old vineyard originally on the property just after graduating from UC Davis. The old vineyard is long gone and this block of Zinfandel was planted in 2007 from cuttings off an old local zinfandel clone known as “Rockpile Clone” or “Cloverdale Church Clone”. The vineyard is certified organic and grown without the use of chemical fertilizer, pesticides or herbicides. This block is a field blend planted to 92 percent Zinfandel and 8 percent Petite Sirah that is picked together and co-fermented in small open-top fermenters. We punch down the fermenting grapes by hand every few hours to maximize extraction of flavor and color. When dry, the wine is pressed out using a small basket press into 75% French and 25% Americana oak barrels and aged for 12 months. Rich ruby color with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, pepper and nutmeg. On the palate, this wine is smooth and balanced with flavors of juicy cherry and spicy raspberry with a rich vanilla finish that lingers, begging for another sip. Enjoy now while the fruit is vibrant and juicy.
Cases Produced: 95