Hidden Valley Vineyard
November 4th, 2009
18 months in 40% new French and American cooperage
2009 Skull & Bones Zinfandel
Only 125 cases produced
Many central coast growers produce ultra ripe, high sugar fruit allowing their winemakers to take the “fruit bomb” approach to their Zins. We used a somewhat more nuanced approach to Skull & Bones, in order to showcase the subtle characteristics of our Westside fruit. The result is a restrained, elegant wine that exhibits both complexity and balance. While many Paso Robles zinfandels boast alcohol levels approaching 17%, Skull and Bones clocks in at just 14.5%. An excellent example of why sometimes, less is more.
While exhibiting classic Zinfandel fruit and pepper notes, this delicate wine will complement most dishes, without overwhelming them. Skull & Bones pairs beautifully with lighter recipes and spicy flavors, but will still hold it's own with heartier fare. The nose of spicy blackberry, plum, mineral and quince follows through to the palate, punctuated with a burst of juicy acidity, red berry and floral tones. Complex all the way through, with a vein of bright acid framing the soft tannins and velvety mouthfeel. Finishes long and intriguing. Drink now through 2016.