2014 Reserve Zinfandel

2014 Reserve Zinfandel
2014 Reserve Zinfandel
This Estate grown Zinfandel has full ripe flavors and aromas. Harvested at optimum ripeness it exhibits extraordinary structure and exceptional notes of blueberry and black currant. Winemaker Jim Shumate personally selected the best barrels of the 2014 Zinfandel from the estate vineyard, aging the wine in the best barrels of both new American and French Oak. This wine has excellent aging potential.
Toasted oak, blueberries, blue plums, rich tannins.
 
92 Points with Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Tasting notes
Hand selected from three outstanding estate barrels, this Zinfandel combines notes of blueberry and black currant with extraordinary structure. Pairs well with ribs, steak, Moroccan and Mexican dishes.
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Vintage2014
VarietalZinfandel
Varietal Composition100% Zinfandel
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardPomar Junction Vineyard
Sugar26.1 Brix
Acid6.1 g/L
PH3.59
Aging21 months in 50% New Oak
Residual Sugar0.39%
Alcohol15.70%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/01/2015
Made entirely from hand-picked, estate-grown grapes from the hillsides of our vineyard with limestone shale rock soils. The cooling Templeton Gap breezes moderate summer temperatures and combine with our Linne Calado soils for ideal high quality wine grape growing conditions.
Jim Shumate, Winemaker
 
A native of Southern California, Jim's first wine job was working in the barrel room at Meridian Vineyards, where his budding career was greatly influenced by legendary winemaker Chuck Ortman. After several vintages with Meridian as Senior Lab Technician and Senior Barrel Technician, Jim moved on to become Cellar Master and Consulting Winemaker at Templeton Wine Services (where he first met Pomar Junction CEO, Dana Merrill). From 1999 to 2008, this full-service processing facility afforded Jim the opportunity to work with a wide range of varietals, styles and volumes – from small, high-end lots to several-thousand-case productions.
 
While making wine for Templeton Wine Services, Jim was also busy working toward a degree in Enology at Cal Poly University. His involvement at Cal Poly eventually led to an invitation to develop and manage the Cal Poly pilot winery which opened in 2008. As Cellar Master, Winemaker, and Lecturer for the new campus winery, Jim instructed students on procedural operations of all winery equipment, demonstration of lab analysis and interpretation of results. Additionally, Jim co-taught advanced enology classes, operated and repaired all winemaking equipment, and established a new bottling line for the campus winery. After several vintages of hands-on teaching from fruit to bottling, Jim took the position of Winemaker at Pomar Junction in July 2011.
 
He lives in Paso Robles with his wife and children.
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