The 2017 Runquist "Z" Zinfandel has a darker take on the fruit than previous vintage; black cherry and black raspberry offer a more ripened dimension to the fruit. The aroma and bouquet have married so well as to be indistinguishable. Time spent in small oak barrels has generated a bouquet that provides an underlying base of subtle vanilla and toast. The flavors are savory and succulent with plenty of dark cherry and smoky boysenberry fruit. No rustic tannins here. The flavors are delivered by a wine with a soft creamy center. The tannins are mild and mature adding texture and mouthfeel without any astringency. There are some toasty oak flavors that add length to the finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Amador County
Vineyard Designation: Massoni Ranch
Aging: 55% French oak, 27% American oak, 18% neutral oak
Case Production: 186