2018 Collins Holystone Zinfandel
Blend Composition | 100% Zinfandel
Appellation | St. Helena Vineyard
Harvest Date | September 17
Finished pH | 3.78
Finished TA | 5.5 g/L
Alcohol by Volume | 14.5%
Production | 104 cases
The 2018 growing season got a relatively late start due to a cool and blessedly rainy Spring. Summer temperatures remained moderate, with a brief and relatively mild heat spike at the end of July. Our harvest began 15 days later than in 2017, and proceeded at a slow and steady pace, affording us the luxury of picking at peak flavor develeopment and relatively low Brix. Our last pick was on November 6, setting a record for our latest harvest. Yields were up relative to the last several years and the quality is outstanding.
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 medium-hued wine is redolent of blackberry cobbler and fall baking spices. It has a silky texture reminiscent of chocolate mousse, and cocoa powder and boysenberry notes persist on the palate. This Zinfandel has a long finish that offers a hint of orange pekoe tea.
Enjoy with arancini (crispy-fried risotto and mozzarella balls), polpette (Italian meatballs) in marinara sauce, or a juicy burger.
- Matt Reid, Winemaker