2018 Fall Wine Club Release
For this quarter's wines we have settled on:
2015 Bartlam Zinfandel (New vintage release!):
This wine has been in the tasting room line-up since the very beginning. In fact, Rad Bartlam was one of my home winemaking buddies when I was an amateur before Heritage Oak Winery came about. He made his Bartlam Zinfandel from the vineyard in front of his house, and I made my Hoffman Zinfandel from Block 14 vineyard. Now I do all the work, but still love the flavors that come from the Bartlam Vineyard. This particular vintage has a nice spiciness that floats across the palate. Also, this is one of few wines that go into new barrels, giving a wonderful oak backdrop behind the fruit flavors.
2014 Syrah-Petite Sirah:
Dark, rich and inky. This is a big wine! It has great fruit with a nice acidity, full structure and firm tannins. If you are inclined to lay some of your wines down for a few years to see what they can potentially develop into, this is definitely a candidate. Over time, the tannis will soften and smooth the acidity, giving it a roundness and texture you'll enjoy. That is if you're willing to wait, it is also quite good right now.
This wine, along with my Zinjo and Vino Tinto blends, has become a trademark blend. Up front you will notice the wonderful fruit expression Zinfidelity has, both in the aroma and on the palate. I achieve this by aging the wine for the first year in special wine tanks called Flextanks. They are made from a plastic like material that breathes much like a barrel does. They are of course designed for winemakers that want to make wine then add oak by means other than a barrel (adding oak staves, or balls or cubes). I choose to use these tanks to make wines without oak. By eliminating oak exposure, the true fruit expression is allowed to shine through, making this a delightful sipping wine - perfect for friends and backyard parties!
Wine description & write-up by owner/grower/winemaker Tom Hoffman
Here is Jim's video blog of the Fall 2018 wine selections. Enjoy: