With aromas of plum, dried fig, and wild herbs, this wine reveals luscious dark cherry on the palate. Rich notes of caramelized brown sugar and mocha weave the flavors together for a mouthwatering finish both complex and bright.
Eastern Contra Costa County has been a reputable wine region since the late 1800s. Cool afternoon breezes blowing through the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta temper the warm daytime temperatures during the growing season. Soils consist of sandy loams that offer near-perfect drainage. Some blocks of wizened old-vine Zinfandel are over one-hundred years old, but many vineyards have been gradually replanted with Rhone varietals.
Sandy Lane Vineyard overlooks the Delta near the town of Oakley, less than twenty miles from downtown Concord. Deemed “the oldest inter-planted vineyard in California,” it was inter-planted with Mourvèdre (aka Mataró), Zinfandel, and Carignan in the early part of twentieth century on St. George rootstock. These ancient head-trained, spur-pruned vines benefit from the cooling effects of the water, and are dry farmed in soils that are as sandy as a beach.
Each interplanted varietal is hand harvested separately with the grower standing watch and calling out the varietal name of each vine as our crew passes over the rows. This one-of-a-kind planting yields small crops that have a rare degree of color and depth of flavor for Carignan.