2013 Straight Line Wine Zinfandel
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The color is saturated but bright and purple. There is a range of vibrant, high-toned berry aromatics immediately available. The red spectrum starts with brambly raspberries tinged with orange citrus zest - almost like young Pinot Noir. Wild blueberries, violets, dark plums and blackberries complete the darker side of the spectrum. Spice and graphite components intermingle. Medium bodied gentle tannins play well with the fresh acidity. There is a touch of sweet French oak which supports the complex and persistent zin-berry finish.
Kirschenmann Vineyard was planted in 1915 to head-trained, dry-farmed Zinfandel. Fine, ashen-colored sandstone soils gilt with flecks of silica as the Lodi sun ripens small, concentrated berries. The vineyard’s proximity to an oxbow in the Mokelumne River affords a more moderate, Mediterranean climate and relatively low temperatures. The combination of water deficiency, sandy soils, and moderated temperatures yield medium-bodied Zinfandel. The aromatics are high-toned and perfumed with a good amount of spice; the acidity is fresh, and harmonious with the tannin structure. Own-rooted and organically farmed, Kirschenmann is owned by vineyard specialist and Turley Wine Cellars winemaker, Tegan Passalacqua, and his wife, Olivia.
The fruit was hand-harvested and hand-sorted into half-ton picking bins and brought directly to the winery. A seven day cold soak with one punch-down per day assured proper tannin management and color extraction. The fruit was then removed from refrigeration to warm the juice and activate the native yeasts. One to two gentle punch downs per day provided just enough air for the yeast, whole berry fermentation and finessed tannin extraction. The grapes were then pressed and the new wine fed via gravity-flow into four and a half neutral French oak barrels. Aged in barrel for approximately one year, the wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.