2012 Estate Zinfandel, Hawley Vineyard
Our 2012 vintage of Zinfandel is the second from the Hawley estate since 1979, when John Hawley, who’d just graduated from UC Davis, made a few cases of “garage wine” from the dilapidated old vineyard that was originally on the Hawley property. 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% Zinfandel and 8% Petite Sirah that is picked together and then 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. This Estate Zinfandel has rich ruby color with aromas of dark cherry, blackberry, cola and nutmeg. On the palate, this wine is smooth and balanced with flavors of juicy cherry and wild strawberry with a rich vanilla finish. This wine has the acidity and structure to age well. Enjoy now while vibrant and juicy or within the next five years.
Cases Produced 124