This is the best our old vine zinfandel vineyard delivers: a separate lot of our two best barrels that are set aside for an additional year of aging. Our winery has always been dedicated to that versatile, spicy, and most Californian-of-all grape: zinfandel. Ever since we started making wine commercially we have tried to bring a classic style of zinfandel back from obscurity, crafting zins as the Italian and Swiss immigrants intended when they planted the first zin vines in Sonoma County almost 150 years ago. As winemakers, we consider the Master to be the crowning achievement of what our small winery produces each year. Our ‘Mr Beast’ zin (the majority of the vineyard) sees less time in barrel and is usually more approachable and fruit filled. ‘Zin Master’ is meant to be a more serious and structured endeavor, a zinfandel with layers of brooding, dark spice, tannin, and a firm core that’s made for aging in the cellar. Not that it doesn’t taste spectacular right now: that’s the beauty of zinfandel. But you’ll be rewarded if you’re patient with this master.
It’s been several years since a ‘Zin Master’ release, and 2019 is one of our best. This wonderful vintage saw less rain than ’18, but had the same cool ripening season. Vineyards gave less yield but more structure. This wonderful zinfandel has loads of baking spice flavors, wild raspberry notes, and a firm tannic backbone that begs to be aged in the cellar for many years.