Recently two of our 2018 Vintage red wines received 91 Point scores from the Wine Enthusiast. These two current releases represent the wonderful diversity of soils in the various Lake County AVA’s. The 2018 Zinfandel is made with grapes from both Red Hills (75%) and The Kelsey Bench (25%). Red Hills is perhaps the best known red wine producing region in Lake County and it is an open secret that fruit from this region ends up in many premium Napa Cabernets. The red soil is volcanic in origin, mineral rich and fast draining. These qualities combine with altitudes ranging from 1600 to 2500 feet to create a unique terroir. The wine has lovely complex fruit and bright acidity.
Here’s Jim Gordon’s review for the 2018 Dancing Crow Zinfandel in the Wine Enthusiast:
“Fruity, rich and moderately spicy, this is an easy wine to sip and enjoy. It offers well-concentrated blackberry flavors, mild tannins and full body, without feeling heavy or tasting too sweet.”
The other 91 Point wine is from our Old Stake 1901 Vineyard on the Kelsey Bench, which sits between the Red Hills and the low lands closer to Clear Lake itself where the soils are typically sedimentary and range from loams to heavy black clay. At Old Stake we see a blend of all these different elements. This is the fifth oldest vineyard in Lake County, with vines dating to 1901 and still producing. Not only are the vines old, but also surprisingly diverse with over 20 different varieties identified to date, including Zinfandel, Alicante Bouschet, Cinsault, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Primitivo, and Counoise. This resulting field blend creates a wine unlike any other.
Here is Jim Gordon’s review in the Wine Enthusiast – “This field blend of traditional California grape varieties is distinctly peppery and potent, showing vivid black-pepper, char and black-olive flavors over black cherries. It’s bold and attention-getting, without being overly full bodied or overly oaky.”
We now have a Mix & Match option on our purchase page so you can sample both wines in a 6 pack or 12 pack of your choice HERE.