Zinfandel, 2016. Stacked Stone

Zinfandel, 2016. Stacked Stone

Item #: V0422R2
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Zinfandel
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Dense Purple
Nose: Strawberry Jam
Palate: Plum, Spice
Finish: Very Long
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/ Red Meat, Game/15.9% Alcohol by Volume

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Owner, Donald Thiessen, grew up on an avocado ranch in Ventura and learned how important soil and climate are in growing fine produce. Seeking a quieter place to raise his children, he headed north to Paso Robles 35 years ago, where he founded woodworks and construction businesses.

It didn't take long for Thiessen to jump on board founding his winery in 1998 with the dream of producing world class Zinfandel, a grape Paso has much notoriety for. The name Stacked Stone Cellars comes from the stacks of stones surrounding the landscape where the wine is made. He probably wouldn't recognize the Paso Robles of today versus 35 years ago, with the vast growth of wineries. Back then, there were around 25 wineries, whereas today there is over 300.

Paso Robles is a very warm climate, which suits Zinfandel well. What suits it even better is the fact that the evenings aren't just cool, they are downright cold. The area boasts the largest spread between day and night temperatures of any wine producing area in California. Zinfandel was thought to have originated in Italy where it is called Primitivo. It was brought here from there in the 1850s on an expedition financed by the Governor of California to help jump start the wine industry. However, it is actually a native of Croatia called Tribidrag.

This is a classic representation of the grape. It sports the telltale jam and intensity, but it finishes clean and without residual sweetness. These wines age quite well and will sing with tri-tip on the BBQ or roast duck.

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