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2021 Zinfandel

2021 Zinfandel
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Inspired by the Scorpion and the Frog

This fable relates to the fact that we started a Cab brand in Paso Robles, but of course, we ended up making Zinfandel. It wasn’t on our radar to begin with, but after all, it’s what Paso is known for. It’s part of the nature and culture here.

FABLE 206: A frog and a scorpion are on a riverbank, and the scorpion asks the frog for a ride across. The frog says, “How do I know you won’t sting me?” And the scorpion replies, “Of course I won’t, or we would both drown.” But as they make their way into the water, the scorpion stings the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks why, the scorpion says, “It’s in my nature.” 

Wine Specs
Arroyo Grande Valley
17% New American Oak, 83% Neutral Oak
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Black cherry and cinnamon on the nose with images of sugar plum fairies dancing through your head. Hints of black tea and plum skin as you take your first sip, leaving you grateful for Paso’s precious Zin.
Vineyard Notes
Old Potrero
Winemaker Notes
These grapes are sourced entirely from the Old Potrero Vineyard in Arroyo Grande Valley, which has a perfect plateau for these grapes. This old vine Zinfandel is located only 8 miles from the ocean, so the wine retains incredible acidity, even at riper levels. This block is entirely dry farmed in what is essentially beach sand with 10-by-10 spacing, evocative of Spain. This produces incredibly small yields. The grapes were hand-picked and 100% destemmed. We fermented for 3 weeks, then pressed off to barrel. We prefer to use American oak to counterbalance the brightness of the fruit.