2016 TR Passalacqua Zinfandel
The TR Passalacqua Zinfandel smells dark and dense, and does not disappoint on the palate. The fleshy ripe fruits give way to a bold structure unlike any of our other Zinfandels. The fruit tannin and oak tannin meld perfectly showing hints of cinnamon and vanilla on the finish. A bold new Zinfandel for us that truly shows the unique terroir of the TR Passalacqua Ranch.
In 2013 Tom Passalacqua found the steepest hillside, up to 50-degree slopes in some areas, on his sprawling 400 acre ranch and declared he would plant 5 acres of Zinfandel. With 130 acres already under vine, and planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, this was a surprising turn of events. But he was inspired by Zinfandels he had tasted from rugged terrain and on hillsides with up to 60-degree slopes. He loved the intensity of flavor and structure that came from these struggling vines. This is the inaugural release of his vision, and I must say it is far and away living up to the intense structured Zinfandel it was meant to be.
Ten months in two thirds French oak, one third American oak, one third new