"Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled October 29, 2014, signifying the melding of two American stories. The first is the story of the post-Gold Rush introduction of Zinfandel grapes to the state of California. The second story tells of the imprint of new Bourbon barrels (made from American oak). 1,000 Stories Zinfandel is aged in grand old bourbon barrels sourced from some of America’s classic bourbon producers.
1,000 Stories is produced in small batches, much like premium bourbon. Select parcels of Zinfandel were sourced from Mendocino County, some of which came from vineyards with family histories dating back to the 1880’s. Each individual lot started the ageing process in traditional American and French wine barrels. The next step was the introduction of the wine to bourbon barrels. Part of the blend was aged in new bourbon barrels from the Independent Stave Company. This process is similar to ageing in wine barrels, but with a flavor profile unique to the charred bourbon barrels – vanilla, dried herbs and a hint of caramel. The final step of the process was the most grand: the blend completed its barrel ageing in old bourbon barrels from famed distilleries such as Heaven Hill and Four Roses. Some of these barrels were 13 year old, single-use barrels, used to make the highest quality bourbon." - Winery Notes
1,000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Aged Zinfandel 2015 Tasting Notes
1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is a harmonious balance of Zinfandel grapes from Mendocino and Sonoma counties which is bursting with aromatic red fruit scents and complex black fruit flavors. A touch of Petite Sirah and Syrah enhance those flavors even more with bold black and white pepper spices. The batch is then rounded out with a layer of smokiness derived from the new bourbon barrel aging.