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Date Printed: 9/14/2014
Four Vines Paso Robles Peck Ranch Zinfandel 1999
Four Vines Paso Robles Peck Ranch Zinfandel 1999
(search item no. 53909)

PRICE ON 9/14/2014: $18.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Peck Ranch produces both Zinfandel and Petite Sirah of intense character. The Zinfandel lends pepper and spicy berry fruit flavors while the Petite Sirah adds a deep, rich complexity to the structure of the wine. A match made in heaven. The Grapes were harvested in the cool of the early morning, crushed and placed into Stainless Steel tanks for a two day cold soak. Frequent punchdowns were the order for the first 2 days, which progressed to pumping over 4 times daily. A slow, gentle fermentation proceeded pressing off when dry. The wines were aged for 14 months in American (Seguin Moreau) and French (Nadalier) oak barrels which lend to a silky, toasted oak finish.

On the nose the wine has spicy berry fruit, anise and sweet vanilla. On the palate, bright spicy blackberry, fig and anise trail into a long silky oak finish, rich with vanilla and toast. Most refined and sophisticated, yet totally Zinfandel.

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About Four Vines:

In 1994 Four Vines Winery kicked into gear featuring eclectic, appellation-specific Zins, and one kick-ass no-oak "Naked" Chardonnay. They named their Zins Biker, The Sophisticate and Maverick. Rich, succulent, fruit-generous wines that pair incredibly well with food. The winery relocated to Paso Robles where they began experimenting with Rhone varietals; bigger, headier wines that are positively explosive in flavor and form. No matter the wine, Four Vines has always brought a refreshing, irreverent attitude to the industry. Today, the winery sources fruit from all over the state of California and crushes mainly on the Central Coast and in Sonoma County. This allows grapes to arrive at their peak of cool morning temperatures to the crush pad. It all starts in the vineyard…don't let anyone tell you anything else. In late 2010, Derek Benham acquired Four Vines from its founders and moved the winery operations back up north to Sonoma County where it originally started. Four Vines is now in a position to reach its full potential as a category leader in Unoaked Chardonnay and Zinfandel. The story continues...