Batch #015 is grounded by old Zinfandel vineyards from Mendocino (32% of the blend). Some of these vineyards are head trained and dry farmed and give red fruit aromas and flavors of raspberry. From the Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley and Russian River sub-appellations (31%) comes the complexity of black fruits and a distinct black pepper spiced Zinfandels. From the Sierra Foothills of Amador County and the Shenandoah Valley (11%) comes the big ripe plums and prunes with white pepper spice. Zinfandels from Lodi (11%), Colusa (7%) and Contra Costa (4%), Lake (5%) locations add more red fruit and ripeness to the flavor profile. And finally big Petite Sirah and Syrah from Mendocino brings dark color and more spice to the batch
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.