We chose to honor Charlie Piazza’s half century of growing in Lodi by making an anagram of his name to christen this classic old-style Zin. These gnarly head-trained vines deliver brilliant wild cherry jam on a milk chocolate-marshmallow background. S’more, please! (***Sadly, this is the final vintage, the vines were pulled out after this harvest)
Zippy Bing cherry pie in a graham cracker crust, creamy Hershey’s milk chocolate and a bit of toasted marshmallow—not sweet but soft and round - balanced by juicy acidity, with a creamy caramello oak and a long cherry finish. S’mores with cherry jam!
- September 2, 2021
- 4 days of cold soak, déléstaged 2 times by 14 Brix, total of 10 days on skins
- 10 months aged in American oak barrels: 25% 2nd fill, balance older American
- 97% Zinfandel, 3% Merlot
- 95% Piazza Vineyard, Lodi. Sustainable, Planted 1970, head-trained, dry-farmed
- January 15, 2023