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Chase Family Hayne Vineyard Estate Zinfandel 2008
In 1998, Sarah's great-great grandson, Andy Simpson and his wife harvested grapes from a twelve-acre parcel within the Hayne Vineyard and produced their first vintage of Chase Cellars Zinfandel. Today the winery is owned by Andy's brother and sister, Mike Simpson and Katie Simpson.
Chase Cellars Zinfandel vibrantly expresses the rich history of the Hayne Vineyard and the passion of the Chase-Bourn-Hayne-Simpson family that has tenderly cared for the grapes grown in one of the world's premier vineyards for more than a century.
A major force on the global playing field, California is the world’s fourth largest wine-producing region on the planet and the majority of land under vine here is devoted to red varieties—they cover nearly double the vineyard acreage compared to whites.
While the state’s incredibly diverse terrain and microclimates allow for countless red wine styles, the one factor unifying all California red wine is the abundance of sunshine and a long, consistent growing season, which leads to well-developed and fully ripened fruit.
Sonoma County, nestled between Napa Valley and the Pacific Ocean, claims great variability in geography and microclimates with vineyards climbing up mountains, reaching far into valleys and stretching along some the state’s most dramatic coastlines. Here world-class Pinot Noir is possible from Sonoma’s cooler sites while Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon do well in its warmer locations.
Winemaking in California dates back to the 18th century when Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes. But the industry experienced its first boom with the Gold Rush in the last half of the 19th century when miners brought vines to the Sierra Foothills.