Woodside Zinfandel: Oak-Vine Harmony

Woodside Vineyards, in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains since 1963, has masterfully showcased the potential of Zinfandel, a varietal celebrated for its rich history and versatility. Leveraging the unique microclimates of this esteemed region and drawing from the historic Hopper Vineyard planted in 1895, Woodside Vineyards crafts Zinfandel wines of unparalleled complexity and elegance. These ancient vines yield grapes that reflect the area’s essence, enabling the creation of wines that honor the legacy of the region’s winemaking traditions while embodying contemporary excellence. The result is a Zinfandel that perfectly balances the Santa Cruz Mountains’ storied past and innovative present.

A Symphony of Flavors

Zinfandel from Santa Cruz Mountains is a complex wine that showcases the grape’s adaptability and the region’s winemaking expertise. The wine’s rich, dark fruit flavors, such as blackberry and plum, along with layers of spice and a hint of earthiness, are a testament to the area’s varied terroir. The wine’s taste is significantly influenced by the strategic use of American and French oak barrels, which add bold notes of vanilla, sweet spice, refined tannins, and delicate spices. This harmonious integration results in a sophisticated Zinfandel that embodies the unique qualities of its Santa Cruz Mountains origin, reflecting a commitment to producing wines of extraordinary depth and character.

Innovative Winemaking: The Oak Influence

The winemaking technique of utilizing American and French oak barrels plays a pivotal role in defining the character and enhancing the quality of Zinfandel. American oak contributes rich vanilla and warm, sweet spices, complementing the wine’s fruitiness and adding smoothness to its texture. On the other hand, French oak introduces subtle spice flavors, minerality, and a structured tannin profile, bringing elegance to the wine’s body. This dual approach skillfully balances American oak’s boldness with French oak’s refinement, enriching the wine’s depth, complexity, and aging potential. Such strategic use of oak underscores a commitment to producing layered, nuanced wines that evolve gracefully over time, capturing the essence of expert winemaking.

A Legacy of Quality and Innovation

The Hopper Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains has been producing high-quality Zinfandel wines since 1895. Combining sustainable farming practices with modern winemaking techniques, vintners in the region craft wines that embody a forward-thinking approach and authentic expression of the unique terroir. These practices ensure that each bottle of Zinfandel captures the essence of the Santa Cruz Mountains’ distinctive landscape and showcases the region’s ongoing dedication to producing exceptional quality and character.

Tasting the Tradition

This Zinfandel encapsulates the varietal’s rich legacy and bright future, blending oak influences to create a complex flavor profile that appeals to a broad range of tastes. Combining American oak’s boldness with French oak’s elegance produces a wine rich in aromas and flavors, suitable for enjoying its youthful vibrancy or allowing it to mature and develop more profound complexity. Committed to delivering an exceptional wine experience, this Zinfandel offers a sensory journey that celebrates the varietal’s storied history and potential for evolution, promising a tasting experience that is both layered and rewarding.

Pairing and Enjoyment

Zinfandel is a versatile wine that pairs well with various dishes, from grilled meats to gourmet meals. Its bold fruit notes and subtle spice accents complement barbecue, while its balanced acidity and complexity elevate sophisticated dishes. It enhances different flavors and cuisines, making it a favored wine for culinary exploration.

Celebrating Zinfandel’s Legacy

Our Zinfandel winemaking approach blends tradition and innovation, honoring California’s heritage while pushing boundaries. American and French oak barrels enhance natural fruit flavors with vanilla and spice notes, resulting in notably complex and rich wines. They appeal to a broad spectrum of palates, embodying California’s viticultural heritage.