2016 'Mr. Beast' Zinfandel

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2016 'Mr. Beast' Sonoma Mountain Zinfandel.

'Sleeping Dog Vineyard'  Hand Picked, Hand Sorted.  90% Zinfandel, 8% Petite Sirah, 2% Alicante Bouschet.  Aged in 20% new French and American Oak.  Bottled Unfined and Unfiltered.  160 Cases Produced

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‘Sleeping dog vineyard’ (formerly Topolos vineyard) is our main vineyard: the secluded zinfandel field blend vineyard on Sonoma Mountain that everyone has come to love and enjoy through our ‘Mr Beast’ and ‘Zin Master’ bottlings. Surrounded by oak and eucalyptus trees and rich in a plethora of volcanic soils, the vineyard was planted by Mike Topolos 55 years ago.  It is dry farmed, organically grown, and produces a unique and finessed southern Sonoma zinfandel blend.

2016 was not as much of a drought year as 2015 - there was finally some rain in the winter of '15-'16.  This was the first year we head pruned the vines to try and add intensity to the old vines, so the yield was still very small at harvest time.  It was another great year still recovering from the record drought with a nice, cool summer and longer ripening season.  It is a soft and supple vintage, with more rich fruit notes than the muscular '15 but a fantastic subtle spice to the finish.  Dense raspberry and dried cherry flavors give way to a round body and clove/chili pepper notes.  The fruit flavors on this one remind me of our lush '14 zin - but with less alcohol, more spice, and a more elegant body.


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