This batch is grounded by old Zinfandel vineyards from Mendocino (42% of the blend). Head trained and dry farmed these vineyards give red fruit aromas and flavors of raspberry and cranberry. In addition, Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel (13%) continues to add its complexity to the wine with black fruits and a distinct black pepper and even clove spice notes. Also in the batch are Zinfandels from Lodi (17%) andContra Costa (6%) and Colusa (4%) counties adding more red fruit and liveliness to the flavor profile. Rounding out the blend is Petite Sirah from Mendocino. All of these combine to form a bold profile of robust, dark spicy notes with bright and vibrant berry flavors.
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.