Lava Cap Reserve Zinfandel 2020, El Dorado County, California

“Lava Cap’s Zinfandel is a refined example of the terroir of our estate. Instead of allowing these grapes to ripen to the point of being like raisins, we slowly coax them into ripening, allowing the Zinfandel spice to shine on the finish. We grow three distinct clones of Zinfandel for this wine, trained with three different canopy types. This creates a wine with complexity and layers. During fermentation we try to keep the berry as intact as possible to prevent an over ripe texture of the finished wine. We want our Zinfandel to be refined and nuanced, we do not want flavors of raisins and overripe qualities that are common in Zinfandel. After fermentation the wine is racked into 25% new American Oak barrels where it ages for 18 months (depending on the vintage). Our finished Zinfandel is regarded as a fine example of the innate characters that Zin is capable of. After bottling this wine aged for 3 months before release. It will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years.” – from the winery. Enters with subtle notes of briar and spice which quickly give way to aromas of raspberry liqueur. This robust Zinfandel offers layers of blackberry and black cherry fruit. A warm, luscious finish lingers on with sweet vanilla oak flavors.