2012 Special Reserve Grandpère Zinfandel
Quince paste, raspberry and cranberry preserves weave in and out with the wines natural acidity and well-structured tannin profile. This wine will age gracefully and will show its true force in the next 4-8 years. Drink now through 2025.
The vintage of 2012 had more of a normal weather pattern. Unlike 2010 and 2011, the harvest proceeded without any significant rainfall. There had been fears of another short harvest due to cool weather in the critical months of April and May 2011 when bud development for the next year occurs. We need not have worried as a large crop was forthcoming. Many growers had 20 to 30% more fruit than their averages and much higher than in 2010 and 2011. Still there was plenty of heat to ripen this crop and a long enough season to get everything picked and through fermentation.