1,000 Stories is produced in small batches, much like premium bourbon. 31% of this blend comes from select parcels of old-vine, head-trained Zinfandel grown in Mendocino County, where some families’ vines date to the 1880’s. This batch sees an increase in the famed fruit from Sonoma County, a haven for Zinfandel, with 30% coming from Dry Creek Valley and Russian River. 27% of the blend is sourced from Lodi, where grapes develop concentrated notes of ripe fruit and spice that complement the greater percentage of new bourbon barrels used to age this batch. The blend is polished by small amounts of Zinfandel from Lake and Colusa Counties, Syrah from Paso Robles 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.