The Evangelho Vineyard is one of the great old vine Zinfandel vineyards in the world. Wines from vineyards like this are unique and cannot be replicated anywhere; they are truly California's greatest gift to the vinous world. Planted in 1890, on their own roots, in over 30 vertical feet of alluvial sand these vines somehow eke out an existence despite being farmed without irrigation. The vineyard produces fantastic and soulful wines. Winemaker's notes: "The vineyard is at the westernmost viticultural edge of California's great Delta. Warm days, cool nights and wind define the climate that shaped this spit of sand into a once thriving agricultural area. These sands are granite and quartz, literally blown from the Sierra Nevada over millennia. Urban growth has impacted the area and now few of the old vineyards are left. Agriculture still dots the landscape, between housing developments and shopping centers: a reminder of the area's past. Our section of Evangelho is inter-planted with smaller amounts of Carignane, Mataro (Mourvedre), Palomino, Muscat, Chasselas and other varieties as of yet un-identified. Each of these historic varieties have different ripening trajectories giving the finished wine great complexity. As always we harvest and co-ferment in the true 'field-blend' tradition."
By: Steve Bearden
K&L Staff Member
Very bright, clean and juicy with tons of mixed berries and spice in the middle. this is pure, fresh and savory with meaty notes on the long, focused finish. This middleweight wine tastes the way Zin use to taste before the invasion of new oak barrels. Lip smacking, mouthwatering and palate cleansing.
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