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Vineyard: The Kirschenmann Vineyard was planted on its own roots in 1915 in an oxbow of the Mokelumne River on a unique deposit of sand, chalk and silica. It is owned and farmed by Tegan Passalacqua, the winemaker at Turley and his own winery, Sandlands. As Nathan Kandler says: "I don't know anyone who does as much green-drop (i.e. dropping less than perfect clusters to the ground) as Tegan, before and during harvest. This is one of the most thoughtfully farmed vineyards in California, transcending what we thought we knew about Lodi Zinfandel."
Vinification: Native yeast-fermented and bottled unfiltered/unfined. Wood aging is in both 1,000-liter Slavonian oak casks (or fuders) and completely neutral barrels that are a minimum of 6 or 7 years old.
Tasting Notes: Refined, silken, layered. Tingles the nostrils with a super-strawberry/cherry Zinfandel aroma, taking on baking spice sensations as it glides across the palate.