The Terra d’Oro 2015 Deaver Zinfandel has a deep garnet color with lifted aromas of clove, allspice and cracked white pepper. The palate is focused with crisp and juicy layers of ripe blackberry, plum and cinnamon and a lingering baked cobbler flavor on the finish. The briary tannins and baked spice components add complexity to this bold wine and support a great balance of power and restraint.
During the California Gold Rush in the 1800’s, Italian immigrants brought Zinfandel cuttings from the East Coast to California and planted vineyards in the Sierra Foothills. The Deaver Vineyard is one of the original Zinfandel plantings in Amador County and the vines have served as parent cuttings for many vineyards in the region. The Terra d’Oro 2015 Deaver Zinfandel grapes come from a 20 acre shallow and rocky lot consisting of 131 Year Old Vine Zinfandel. The vines continue to grow deeper into the soil as years pass and vigorously pull nutrients from multiple soil layers, producing smaller quantities of highly concentrated and complex fruit.
The limited amount of fruit is hand-picked in small bins and crushed at the nearby winery. After gentle pressing, the wine is aged 16 months in premium French and American Oak – 30% of which is new – which gives the wine its sweet caramel, butterscotch and toasty characteristics.
With age comes grace and over time, the vines have self-regulated and do not grow as wildly as New Vine Zinfandel. Winemakers with Old Vine Zinfandel experience take pride in the careful selection of yeast strains and pumpover techniques designed to extract the flavor and character of the grapes unique to this vineyard.
Food Pairing Notes
For a zesty pairing, serve this wine with a roasted guinea hen or a juicy ribeye steak.