This Batch #010 Mendocino (37%) provides the backbone of the blend; the old vineyards give tight tannins and red fruit and parries so well with Amador County Zinfandels (21%) with their big ripe flavors and herbal spices. Also in the batch are Zinfandels from Lodi (17%) and Colusa County (8%) adding more red fruit and liveliness to the flavor profile. And finally Dry Creek Valley and Russian River Zinfandel (14%) continues to add its complexity to the wine with black fruits and clove spice notes. Rounding out the blend are some Zinfandel Lake County and Petite Sirah from Mendocino.
The wine marries Mendocino’s historic old-vine Zinfandel sites with vineyards in Paso Robles, Lodi and Amador County. Zinfandel lends a generous core of ripe fruit, accented by fragrant notes of spice box and sautéed herbs, while Petite Sirah imparts considerable density, minerality and an unmistakeable ruby-purple hue. In signature 1000 Stories fashion, this batch was aged in traditional French and American oak, with a portion finished in charred bourbon barrels before the final blend was assembled.
Barrels & Aging
1000 Stories begins its aging like most Zinfandels: in wine barrels. Then, the tradition transitions to innovation. Bob selects a combination of new and used bourbon barrels to complete the aging process. Each batch is crafted individually and is unique in its final profile. Aging in bourbon barrels imparts characteristics of charred vanilla and dried herbs.