Deep purple color right to the rim. Aromatically, this has dark black fruits like mulberry, boysenberry, blueberry, and black-skinned plums, all very fresh, without a hint of raisin. Cedar and some new oak, fresh tobacco, and vanilla top off the nose, and there’s a seriousness to the complex blending here. Low, restricted yields in our “top of blocks 2 and 3” portion of the vineyard create a real concentration to the flavors. There’s a not-so-subtle weightiness in the mouth, rich, blackberry pie, allspice, warm green earth and bricks, sweet herbs, and crushed berries. The finish grips a little more than the Estate Ranch, and the Petite Sirah provides a powerful push to give the wine more lift, intensity, and length.
90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah – all from one vineyard, the Renwood Ranch, on Bell Road, in Plymouth, Amador County, California. Drinkable now, and better in five years, or hold as long as 15 years for a full mature Zinfandel experience.
“Grandpère” is the proprietary name of our top Zinfandel, pulled from two specific blocks from the estate vineyard, and not to be confused with an ancient vineyard with that name nearby.
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"This classic-style Zin is complex, appetizing, and well-balanced, from its sage, raspberry and baked earth aromas to lightly tangy but ripe plum dried cherry and black-pepper flavors. Moderate tannins and good acidity give it great freshness, inviting more and more sips." - 10/1/2021