Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Carignane were interplanted, picked together, and vinted into a deep, dark, red wine.
Varietals 85% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Syrah and 5% Carignane Winemaking NotesOriginally planted in the 1890s, this block is a classic example of the “mixed black” field blend that was common at the time. Zinfandel, Petite Syrah, and Carignane were interplanted, picked and vinified together into a deep, dark, red table wine. Today, a few of the venerable original vines co-mingle with younger vines to produce the School House Mescolanza Zinfandel Blend. Mescolanza is Spanish for ‘medley’ or mixture.
On September 28, 2016 we harvested nearly 3.5 tons of fruit from the Mescolanza Zinfandel block with a sugar/brix level of 23.8°. The three varieties that make up this field blend were, as always, picked and fermented together in open bins, and aged in seasoned barrels, providing an ever so subtle touch of oak.
Tasting Notes The wine produced is elegant, spicy, full-bodied and with an excellent nose. It is a BIG, robust wine but with balanced acidity that makes it a perfect pairing with rich, well-flavored foods. It will age well. John cautions, “Excessive consumption of this wine may cause Zinfomania.” 275 cases were produced.