2014 Straight Line Wine Zinfandel
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Aromas of freshly crushed raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Framboise and spice intermingle with floral, sage, and lavender notes. Chalky tannins play off the lively acidity and the wine smacks of just-ripe red fruits and purple plums. The medium weight and density power the focused, laser-like finish. Hints of chocolate and spice lurk under dark cherry and zin-berry flavors.
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 while promoting whole berry fermentation but minimizing extraction. The grapes were then pressed and the new wine fed via gravity-flow into four and a half French oak barrels, half of which were once used, and the remainder neutral. Aged in barrel for approximately one year, the wine received neither racking, nor fining, nor filtering.
Variety 100% Zinfandel
Vineyard Kirschenmann Vineyard
Production 112 cases
Optimal Maturity 2016 - 2021
Harvested September 5, 2014
Barrel Aging 11 months in French Oak, 50% once used, 50% remainder neutral (no new barrels)
Winemaker Jon Grant