Ballentine 2019 Zinfandel
We look for flavors of blueberry and raspberry syrup in the Zinfandel grapes to indicate ripeness. When squeezed the berries leave the fingers sticky from all of the sugar. Picking at this ripeness we feel this brings out the blue fruits and floral notes in this wine and leads to great balance overall. We leave 15% whole berry in our fermentations and ferment the wine using a special selection of yeast aiming at gentle extraction of tannin while maximizing our fruit concentration and color intensity. This vintage was pressed off at dryness and barrel aged for 17 months. The wine is a blend of our two Zinfandel clones and is meant to show purity of fruit.