2013 Special Reserve Fiddletown Zinfandel
Primarily from the Damas Vineyard in Fiddletown, this vineyard is one of the highest elevation fruit sources that we work with. Aromas of cinnamon rolls, warm apple crisp, fresh cranberry fruit and leather dominate. Loaded with plush flavors of dark red fruit and an “in your face” richness and density, it is a classic representation of full-bodied Fiddletown wines. This wine is worthy of the best wine cellars. Drink now through 2025.
Overall the 2013 vintage was a grand slam and the best I’ve seen in 15 years. Temperatures were never too extreme and here in Amador County, we rarely saw days over 100F. As is typical, we continued to experience the dramatic diurnal temperature swings in the evenings, where nighttime lows dipped into the upper 40F’s providing the perfect conditions for optimal acid development. Grapes ripened evenly and the colors, tannins, and overall flavor matrix across all varieties was stunning. Veraison occurred a few weeks early, which allowed the grapes an exceptional amount of hang time enabling them to develop excellence in every facet. The resulting wines from this vintage are deep and concentrated, and I am confident they will be enjoyed for years to come.
~ Joe Shebl, Winemaker