2017 Collins Holystone Zinfandel
Blend Composition | 100% Zinfandel
Appellation | St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | August 30
Finished pH | 3.65
Finished TA | 6.5 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.8%
Production | 95 cases
We had a wet start to 2017, so welcome after 5 years of drought. The bulk of the rain fell in January and February, but rains continued into April, ensuring that the vines would have ample water throughout the growing season. The harvest started more or less on time with average to slightly low yields. What started in water ended in fire. Fortunately we had harvested most of our fruit before the October fires. We will not be using any fruit harvested after the fires.
Grapes for this wine come from a neighboring vineyard owned by the Collins family. These gnarly vines, planted on a cobbly swale in 1923 were hand-picked and gently destemmed without crushing, and then fermented in open-top fermenters for three weeks, receiving two or three punch-downs per day. It then aged in French oak for 16 months.
This garnet colored wine entices with aromas of blueberry, black raspberry, tart cherry and plum, along with floral notes of lilac and African violet, with a hint of pie crust. The palate is silky smooth with hints of cocoa powder, baking spices, and raw vanilla.
This wine is ready for your drinking pleasure and will pair beautifully with a harissa-rubbed flank steak, or game such as venison chili or a bison burger.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker