Gnarled, twisted old Zinfandel vines were the inspiration behind the Medusa wines logo, named for the snake-haired figure of Greek mythology. Founders Patti Hoffman and Lydia Mondavi also liked the name because it means sovereign female wisdom. What could be wiser than creating single-vineyard Zins from the finest old-vine vineyards in California?

For their national debut, winemakers for Medusa, Paul Hoffman and Rob Mondavi, sourced four different Zinfandel wines from prime growing regions: Pig Pen Vineyard and Henry's House Vineyard on the Deaver Ranch in Amador County; Lover's Lane Vineyard in Mendocino; and the Creekside Block of Bar 49 Vineyard in northeast Napa Valley. Each of these sites contributes distinctive, intensely concentrated character for four truly unique Zinfandel expressions.

Medusa produced its first vintage in 2003 to high praise and acclaim, and picked up momentum through association with Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). At a recent ZAP event in San Francisco, Medusa was chosen as a standout, and fans of the label aren't shy about showing their support. Instead of the fake Medusa tattoos handed out at the events for fun, several enthusiasts have opted for the real thing!

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