La Chertosa Reserve Zinfandel 2015, Amador County
“During one of my first visits to the monastery La Chertosa, Fra Paolo served as my guide. Fra Paolo is a Certosinian winemaker, master blender and delivered me to the cradle of my family’s heritage. Fra Paolo is remembered and honored by being named to the Zinfandels I produce,” Sam Sebastiani.
The 2015 La Chertosa Reserve Zinfandel was from the third year of one of California’s most severe droughts, this caused nature to self-regulate the crop by producing smaller berries, smaller and fewer clusters. The result is that the 2015 wines in general will be more intense, deeper and fuller -flavored. This has made for a wonderful fruit component to balance with the nuances imparted by our select oak barrels. For each harvest, they import an amount of new barrels to approximate one third of the barrel requirement. By selecting different rows in different locations on the property they create a “field-blend” to start the wines off with an induced complexity. Fermenting them in their own designed fermenters, they have developed an exceptional depth of flavor extraction. A wine of silk and satin with ruby depth and red cherry flavor tones, this is truly an exceptional wine. 280 cases produced. 14 Gold Medals in 3 vintages!