Neyers Pato Ranch Zinfandel 2003

Zinfandel from Napa Valley, California

Item No. 82579
  • red wine
Ratings Pedigree:
  • 1999
  • RP91
  • ST89

Winemaker's Notes

Rich Pato's Oakley vineyard crop levels in 2003 were down almost 20% from the previous year. Extra color, richness and intensity in the wine is the result. There's an exotic element of spiciness in the wine as well. Our Pato Zinfandel addresses all there is to love about this uniquely California variety -- flavor, drinkability and satisfaction. The fruit, harvested at an average 25% sugar, was fermented for almost 30 days before being transferred to 60-gallon French oak barrels for 14 months of aging, free of intervention or manipulation. It was racked three times for natural clarification, then bottled with no fining or filtration. We want to preserve everything the vineyard puts into these 108 year old vines.

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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...

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Learn About Napa Valley

It's hard not to think of Napa Valley when thinking of California wines. The region is, after all, the one that brought world recognition to California wine making. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard...

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Learn About Zinfandel

Zinfandel(ZIN-fahn-dell) American Grape Zinfandel the American - or Californian - grape. Although it's not from America (Croatia has been named its origin), it does seem quite at home in the vineyards of California. During Prohibition, many Zinfandel vines survived as the high-yielding grape was popular both for home winemaking and communion wine, which is...

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