"With another year in the record books, the 2014 vintage came in at the third-largest grape harvest ever, down eight percent from the previous year. A mild winter and spring with drought conditions persisting, bud break occurred early. From southern to northern California winemakers have stated that it was an even earlier harvest then years before, starting with sparkling grapes in July and ending mid-October for later ripening varieties. Despite the drought, California will produce another great vintage. Arid conditions have given the grapes a chance to struggle, which thins out the vines and allows the clusters to gain concentration of flavor, intensity and complexity." - Winery Notes
Big Smooth Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Tasting Notes
"Our 2014 vintage is a dynamic blend that truly showcases what California Zinfandels are all about. Lively aromas of blackberry, purple basil, and cocoa draw you in as the fragrance of roasted almonds emerges. The oak aging is highlighted in this robust blend through hints of molasses, dried blueberry and raspberry. With the Merlot adding mid-palate structure and the Petite Sirah contributing to a well-rounded and velvety feel, this wine has not only a memorable start but an impressive finish as well." - Winery Notes
Blend: 80% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 7% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Big Smooth Old Vines Zinfandel 2014 Pairings
This wine is the perfect accompaniment to roast quail, beet and feta salad or apricot marinated lamb chops.