Sextant Central Coast Zinfandel 2008
Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
- red wine
- Earthy & Spicy
- 14.8% abv
Intense black cherry hues partner with a bouquet of vanilla, wild strawberries, sweet baked rhubarb and the complexity of subtle herbs as you're invited in to discover more. The soul of the 2008 Sextant Central Coast Zinfandel is comprised of robust berries including blueberry, raspberry, strawberry along with pomegranate flavors and a kiss of chocolate. Soft supple tannins balance the abundance of fruit and complete this silky Zinfandel with a lasting finish. Simply done yet elegant and classic.
San Luis Obispo always welcomes a new winery to its area but owners, Craig and
Nancy Stoller are certainly not new to the industry. Craig is a third generation vine
grower following in his father, Glen Stoller’s lead who founded the family owned
and operated Sunridge Nurseries in 1977. Craig grew up working in the vineyards
and greenhouses at the nursery and was fortunate to be a part of a household where
wine was an everyday part of life and also a career.
Sextant Wines has had a great start and the wines are turning out terrific thanks to winemaker Kevin Riley. “He is the perfect fit for
Sextant because of his incredible ability to evaluate the differences in wine grape clones and the wines that can be made from them” says
Craig. Other people at the helm of Sextant Wines are Mindy Powers who is the company’s operations supervisor; Teresa Deleganna, our
Tasting Room attendant and administration assistant; and Justin Meier, Cellar Master. "We have a great team who are enthusiastic and
just as passionate about wine grapes and winemaking as I am" says Stoller.
Our goal is to provide high quality wines...another reason to celebrate Sextant’s nautical pinpoint of our great winegrowing location.
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About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable Facts Grape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.