The vines are trained on a vertical trellis system and are tightly spaced at 2,000 plants per acre. Each grapevine is thinned to bear between 2 and 3 pounds of fruit per vine, with the clusters hanging 24 inches above the ground. The grapes are picked between 25 and 27 degrees brix to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by consulting winemaker, Helen Turley, who taste the berries and choose when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors. After picking, the whole berries undergo a cold soak and short fermentation process. Each of the four varietals are fermented with wild yeast, resting in 75% new French oak on gross lees for 10 months before bottling. The wines are neither heat nor cold stabilized and are un-fined and un-filtered.
"The only 2007 presented was the 2007 Zinfandel Lolita Ranch. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by aromas of spice box, ground pepper, ripe strawberries, meat juices, roasted herbs, and damp forest floor."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Sexy, perfumed scents of black raspberry, cherry preserves, violet and smoky minerals; reminds me of the northern Rhone. Lush black and blue fruit flavors are complicated by floral pastille and mineral notes, picking up soft tannins with air. Very rich but also energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and thrust."
International Wine Cellar