Neyers California Vista Notre Vineyard Zinfandel

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This is our tenth vintage of Vista Luna Zinfandel, a wine that Tadeo has enjoyed turning into a benchmark success story for Neyers Vineyards. The Bokisch Vista Luna Vineyard sits in the Borden Ranch AVA, on a mound of quartz in western Calaveras County, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Range. The site is exceptional for the hard, rocky soil – largely quartz – brought to the surface from a mile or more below when the mountain range was formed. Moreover, while the area is normally thought of as a warm appendage to the Central Valley, a wind phenomenon known as the Sierra Rotor is constantly bringing in cooler ocean air through the Golden Gate, effectively lowering the ambient temperature several degrees. The parcel is planted to an heirloom selection of Zinfandel that is small clustered and as a result ripens evenly, even when harvested at 23° Brix. We are thus able to keep the natural alcohol level around 14% in most vintages, yet still have bright, fresh flavors. The rest of the blend comes from the Fanthom Vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA in Lodi from vines that are over 40 years old and produce concentrated, robust Zinfandel. Here’s a wine that will charm even the most demanding Zinfandel enthusiast. The wine spends about 10 months in neutral French oak barrels, then is bottled without either fining or filtration in the summer following the harvest. It’s sturdy, rustic, and loaded with flavor