For this first batch of the 2016 vintage, winemaker Bob Blue crafted a base of dry-farmed,head-trained Zinfandel vines from Mendocino County for a nuanced red. These choice vineyards lend the wine tremendous depth, classic structure and dark fruit notes balanced by subtle spice. This spectacular California vintage boasts attractive flavors of red licorice and brown spice that usher into the blend courtesy of Paso Robles vineyards. A touch of soulful Lake County Petite Sirah completes the wine, contributing deep color and profound suggestions of black pepper. Full-bodied, juicy Zinfandel from Lodi brings round tannins and opulent notes of dark fruit.
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.