2018 - Borreo Ranch Zinfandel

Our Zinfandel is a union of vineyard and varietal histories. Zinfandel was first planted in California in the mid-1800's, and on our Borreo Ranch property in the 1880s. The site was purchased and restored by the Millers in 1992. To honor this history, our Zinfandel vines are planted with bud wood from other historic Napa Valley vineyards and are head-trained. Soil and site limit the production of the vines. The resulting wines are deep ruby in color with aromas of freshly cracked pepper, wild berry patch, and savory spices.

Behind the Label
The illustrations of these botanicals on the bottle were designed by artist and Walt Disney’s great-granddaughter, Annabelle Rey Miller – a fourth-generation winery owner.

Pairing Recommendations: Orecchiette with Sausage and Broccoli Rabe

Borreo Ranch Zinfandel
Tasting Notes Spicy cola nut, black pepper, and briary patch aromas. Medium-bodied with a broad mid-palate filled with fresh fig, ripe black, and boysenberry fruit, and nuances of both cinnamon stick and savory spices. Well-balanced with bright acidity which helps carry the ripe fruit flavors through to a moderately long finish with vanilla and spicy flavors that linger. Vintage Notes 93 points, The SOMM Journal, Meridith May, June-July 2021 issue Vintage Notes February saw abundant rains, followed by a relatively cool spring and early summer. Bud break occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating a plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun and cooler marine influences, uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The mild summer was followed by moderate heat in the fall, which allowed the fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels.
  • Varietal 100% Zinfandel
  • Appellation Napa Valley
  • Vineyard 100% Borreo Ranch
  • Harvest Info October 13, 2018
    Average 25.1° Brix
  • Skin Contact Average 13 days of skin contact
  • Oak Profile 13 months barrel age in 35% new oak
    New oak profile: 63% Hungarian, 37% French
    Overall oak profile: 63% French, 22% Hungarian, 16% American
  • Analysis 15.4% Alcohol
    6.82 g/L TA
    3.45 pH
    0.04% Rs
  • Limited Production 835 cases
  • Aging Suggestions 3-5 years peak; drink by 6-8 years