The Terra d’Oro 2016 School House Road Vineyard Field Blend Zinfandel entices with warm, inviting aromas of oak, earthy spice and hints of floral notes. A palate of deep, dark blackberries, plums and earthy spice, gives way to a hint of bright red fruit on the lingering finish.
Our School House Road Zinfandel is a modern take on the classic field blend. To create well-balanced wines, Italian immigrants planted vines in California based on their knowledge of which grapes grew well together. Today, many Zinfandel vineyards are still planted alongside Petite Sirah, carignan or even white grape varieties. In 1996, we planted a vineyard to pay homage to that heritage, but with a modern twist: 80% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah and 7% Barbera.
We harvest and co-ferment all three varieties together, forging unique aroma and flavor combinations that could not be duplicated by blending after fermentation.
The fruit from this vineyard was handpicked at night, fermented in half-ton bins and punched down by hand throughout fermentation. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged in French and American oak barrels (30% new) for 11 months.
Food Pairing Notes
This Zinfandel is the perfect foil for lamb kabobs with roasted root vegetables.