Ryan Stirm

Stirm

Wirz Zinfandel - 2018

Characteristics

Acidity

Body

Umami

Wirz Zinfandel - 2018
Juicy with savory tannins, this old-vine Zin evokes a California of Model Ts, infertile terrain and irrational love (Steinbeck would be proud).

As with his Riesling, Ryan sources this Zinfandel from the Wirz Vineyard in the foothills of the Gabilan Mountains (in fact, Riesling actually accounts for about 9% of this field blend). The vines were planted in 1902 — just as the first T-rex skeleton was being dug up in Montana. Today they only produce about a ton of fruit per acre (about a quarter of the output of younger vines), which concentrates the fruit, while adding clarity and consistency. The entire field blend goes into a single open-top redwood barrel to ferment (picture a jacuzzi that would suit Paul Bunyun), after which the wine spends 18 months in neutral oak.

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Ryan Stirm

Stirm

Santa Cruz Mountains, CA

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