Neyers Pato Ranch Zinfandel 2002
Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California
The 20 acres of vines on this Contra Costa County ranch near Oakley yielded only 16 tons of grapes in 2002, by far the smallest yield of any vineyard we harvested that year. The 100 year old vines are dry farmed in soil that is nearly pure sand, conditions that exist in only a handful of vineyards in the world. The old head-pruned vines struggle to produce a crop that would be laughably small to most grape growers but is a source of great pride to Rich Pato, whose family has worked the land here for most of the last century. Not surprisingly, given the low yield, the wine is dark and intense, with plenty of concentration; it displays flavors of coffee, allspice and cherry. Our natural winemaking practices exaggerate the length of fermentation, bringing out all that the grapes have to give. The result is a wine that is both powerful and rich, but with an attractive rustic earthiness. 1,335 cases produced.
Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are identified on the labels of wines produced from grapes they have grown. In 1999 Neyers purchased the 30-acre Sage Canyon Winery in the foothills east of Rutherford and have developed that facility for their entire production that also includes Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Chardonnay. View all Neyers WinesIt'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.
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Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.