Estate Late Harvest Zinfandel 2009
The 2009 Estate Late Harvest is one of exotic juiciness made in a balanced dessert wine approach. With aromas of dusty spiced red fruit, this wine explodes on the palate with juicy bright raspberry aromas. The tart yet slightly sweet fruit lingers long enough to make one not forget its lovely profiles, yet leave the palate without the sticky syrupy after taste. Expect this wine to cellar beautifully for the next 5 to 8 years.
Once fermentation was underway, the fermenting must was sampled twice daily waiting for the right balance of alcohol, flavor components and residual sugar. When I felt the wine was in balance, the fermentation was arrested via pressing off to a tank with its temperature set to 30 degrees preventing the natural yeast from converting anymore fructose molecules. Other than small 2 pound non-toasted and light toasted oak chip bags steeped in tank for 3 months, there was nothing added to this wine.