A warm fermentation followed by a year in American Oak barrels is the regime for this wine. The flavor profile of Catfish is always delicate. Some people liken it to Pinot Noir. The hearty and rustic flavors typical of old vine Zinfandel grown in a warm area are absent. Instead we have cherry fruit, a touch of bramble, and a hint of the red dusty soil. We attribute this to both the growing conditions of Lake County and the high percentage of other varieties that are planted in the vineyard.
Food Pairing: Try to match this wine with a good plate of grilled chops, marinara sauced pasta dishes or a nice bowl of ciopino. Mild cheeses also work well as do cream based soups.