2014 Zinfandel

Our small one-acre block of this varietal on Santa Catalina Island produces an elegant, softer style of wine—not your typical Zinfandel. Because Zinfandel seems to display its most widely recognized characteristics by being grown in warmer climates, we located it on the warmest southern exposed slope. Hand sorting of clusters ensures that only the best make it to processing. The grapes are then fermented in 3⁄4 ton containers, pressed to barrels and aged in American and French oak for 15 months. The result is a wine that exudes aromas of cherries, spice, and pipe tobacco. Concentrated flavors of red berries and dried herbs combine with silky tannins that linger on the palate, creating a lush and juicy finish in this truly distinctive Zinfandel.

Rusack, Santa Catalina Island Vineyards, El Rancho Escondido
Bottling Date:
February 19, 2016
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Release Date:
November 2016

Spicy and fruit forward, the wine from this special vineyard is not only history in a bottle, but a truly unique and distinctive Zinfandel. It is made from clones originally grown on a once thriving vineyard and winery in the 1900’s, on the neighboring Santa Cruz Island. The result is a wine that exudes aromas of fresh cranberries and leather, along with concentrated flavors of plum, cedar, and clove. Its velvet, silky tannins linger on the palate, creating a lush and juicy finish.

Fermented in 1 ton macro bins
75% French Oak
25% American Oak
28% New for 16 months
Bottle Analysis:
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • pH: 3.57
  • TA: 0.712g/100ml

Aging Potential

To enjoy young fruit aromas, consume within 1 to 3 years of bottling date. For extended aging under optimal conditions, consume within 3-10 years of bottling date.