Randle Johnson is the winemaker behind Artezin Wines. A native Californian, Randle attended the University of California, Davis where he earned a M.S. in Viticulture. His career was made during his twenty years of producing world-class Cabernet Sauvignon at the Hess Collection. As a champion of heirloom varietals, Randle's passion for producing quintessential Zinfandel at Artezin Wines has fomented his reputation in the wine world.
Swiss and Italian immigrants, whose descendants still grow this iconic varietal according to traditional methods, first brought Zinfandel to California. Artezin Mendocino County Zinfandel is a blend of the best of these sustainably farmed grapes from these family-owned vineyards in the ridgelines and benchlands of the Ukiah Valley. The Mediterranean climate of Mendocino is marked by warm days and optimal ripening conditions. Cool evenings extend the growing season and allow this Zinfandel to retain balanced acidity, deep color and rich structure.
This Zinfandel is blended with Carignan for depth and complexity, and Petite Sirah for structure and spice. It has a ruby red color tinged with violet hues. There is a concentrated aroma of pomegranate and boysenberry followed by blackberry. Flavors are led by juicy raspberry and red cherry cola, and framed by notes of black pepper. The fruit is complemented by baking spices, most notably clove and cinnamon, with soft, smooth tannins delivering a round, balanced finish.
Artezin Zinfandel is finished with 1-2 year old French oak barrels. The red cherry and raspberry flavors will go great with a Pork Kebab or Pork Tacos or paired with sheep's milk cheese such as Manchego or Aged Gruyere, or a simple pasta with tomato sauce.