2013 Cinabrio Port-Style Dessert Wine
Boysenberry Pie, Hazelnut, Red Cherries
Age 10–15 years
- Cold soak 3 days
- Fermented in open-top stainless steel tanks
- Fermented warm 85 degrees for 5–7 days
- Pressed at 8–10 degrees Brix
- Fortified with grape spirit to stop fermentation and retain natural sweetness
- Aged for 4 years in neutral French oak
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Zinfandel originated in Croatia, where it is called "Crljenak Kastelansk," and came to the States in the early 1800s, where it became known as Zinfandel—a true native wine grape of America. Often head trained to control vigor, Zinfandel grapes are thin-skinned with both large clusters and berries. The wines are typically full-bodied with a raspberry character.
St. Peter Alcantara Vineyard and 4 Hearts Vineyard are located on the west side of Paso Robles on a hillside that is influenced by ocean breezes. The vineyards lie on well-drained, calcareous soils rich in calcium and shale, which enable the roots to go deep and allow the vines to be dry farmed.
2013 saw the second year of a drought in California. It was a dry, warm year with little rain, particularly after January. Spring too was dry with early bud break and bloom. August was cool, enabling the fruit to ripen slowly yet fully.