We are often asked "Where is Swingsville?" The answer: "It's a state of mind!" This wine is perhaps our best Swingsville effort to date. A wine with zesty complexity, it is full of blackberries and fresh strawberries, with creamy cherries and hints of delicious pepper and spice and tobacco notes. Toasty vanilla and a subtle leathery, earthiness come from the oak program, creating a wine that is complex, yet eminently drinkable. Relish the juicy dark berry flavors, the elegant spicy aftertaste and the long, lingering, smooth, round finish. Match with a myriad of spicy foods or grilled meats. Or sip it by itself and savor!
Vineyards: Our 2014 vintage is a combination of Zinfandel from Favalora Vineyard and Petite Sirah from Lovett Vineyard in Lake County. Atypical of Zin from Contra Costa (usually bright berry flavors) the Favalora fruit is dark and intense, and of exceptional character. The small percentage of Petite Sirah from Lovett adds considerable richness to the overall wine.
The Wine: In keeping with the tradition of the Swingsville Zinfandel, the Favalora fruit shows a combination of bright and dark berry flavors - a delicious fruit forward characteristic without being over-the-top jammy, all surrounded by great structure and subtle tannins. The Lovett Petite Sirah was added in the final blend for additional richness, structure, color, and to punch up the darker berry fruit characteristics. The oak program, a combination of new French and American Oak, was limited so that the wine would be well balanced and supple. The wine was cross flow filtered, helping to level out the tannins, creating a nice, soft mouth-feel.
Vineyards & Composition
50% Del Barba Vineyard, Contra Costa
45% Favalora Vineyard, Contra Costa
5% Lovett Vineyard, Lake County
5% Petite Sirah
Bottled: February 2015
Released: February 2015
Gold Medal - 2015 World Value Wine Competition - 91 Points - "Exceptional"
Gold Medal - 2015 Tasters Guild Consumer Wine Awards
Silver Medal - 2015 Riverside International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2015 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2015 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
Silver Medal - 2015 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition
Bronze Medal - 2015 New York International Wine Competition
"...A zesty flavor packed zin." 91 Points - Tastings.com - World Value Wine Competition