Batch #017 is a balanced expression of Zinfandel sourced from robust old vineyards in Mendocino (29%) and Dry Creek Valley (25%). The free standing vines of the Mendocino vineyards bestow the grapes with potent red fruit aromas along with flavors of cranberry and raspberry. The fruit from the Dry Creek vineyards then provides flavors of complex black fruits and distinct black pepper spice. The addition of grapes from Lake County (5%) and Shenandoah Valley (3%) contribute big ripe plum and white pepper flavors to the wine’s tapestry which is then completed with Zinfandels from Lodi (18%), Colusa (8%) and Contra Costa (4%) that add more red fruit and ripeness to the flavor profile. The final step was to add some Petite Sirah and Syrah from Mendocino to deepen the color and enhance the spiciness of 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.