Lot 431 | 2021 Mendocino County Zinfandel 750ml

Lot 431 | 2021 Mendocino County Zinfandel 750ml


$45/bottle under the original label

Mendocino fruit has long been used as an augmenting "secret weapon" by the big players and blue chip estates of Napa Valley and Sonoma. Another water-tight NDA is keeping the vineyard name from this list, but a few wineries who you might say are “in Zin” have bottled juice from this site. Our source's bottling from this vineyard fetches $540/case.

Our season of single-vineyard offerings rolls right along today with another early Black Friday value-priced, single-vineyard Zinfandel from Mendocino County for over 80% off!

Mendocino fruit has long been used as an augmenting "secret weapon" by the big players and blue chip estates of Napa Valley and Sonoma. In more recent years the growers and winemakers of the region have taken to highlighting the premier sites within the AVA to great success.
 
Speaking of premier sites, another water-tight NDA is keeping the vineyard name from this list. A few wineries who you might say are “in Zin” have bottled juice from this site. Our source's bottling from this vineyard fetches $45/bottle, or $540/case, through your personal source it's only $13/bottle.
 
Lot 431 was crafted by a decorated winemaker who made their name in the early days of California Pinot Noir. The fruit from this vineyard is dry-farmed and sits above the fog line with southern exposure and consistent coastal influence resulting in balanced minerality. The fruit is picked earlier in the season to keep the alcohol levels under control (sub-15% abv), making for immense quaffability without sacrificing any of that classic Zin depth. Add in a neutral barrel regimen - allowing for just a kiss of wood influence while maintaining a fresher fruit expression - and you can see why a Pinot-centric winemaker wanted to get their hands on these grapes.
 
Opening with brambles and black cherry haloed by peach preserves and sweet tobacco, the nose is accented with cola, white pepper, and spice. The palate is a bit more elegant in its youth than expected based on the complexed nose; further black cherry and cola meet white pepper and red fruits gliding over the palate with an ethereal acidity and perfectly integrated velvety, grippy tannins. The finish is dry for a Zin and medium in length, making for an incredibly quaffable experience. Kebab and Asian-styled BBQ fans should have this on deck for next summer's festivities.
 
They’re only 250 cases to go around. Considering the pedigree, and at $99-a-pop, no one expects this to be around for long.

100% Single-Vineyard designate Zinfandel
100% neutral oak
14.7% alc.

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