2014 Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel
The 2014 Vintage: 2014 was a very warm growing season with average heat for the first part of the growing season followed by a very warm summer. Increased heat continued through harvest, which in many places was two weeks ahead of average. Concentrated fruit flavors and phenolically mature grapes gave the 2014 vintage full body and ample flavor.
The Wine: Bright ruby in color. Blackberry and raspberry aromas dominate the bouquet, while the palate offers lively red berry flavors with notes of sage and thyme. Shows a nice balance of alcohol and smooth tannins. Strong, lingering finish with surprising delicacy for this usually powerful varietal.
Food Matches: Any grilled meats go well with this hearty varietal wine. Barbecued pork ribs or grilled poultry with heavy rich sauces are great pairings. Also good with aromatic soft cheeses and cured meats.
Date of Harvest: 10/15/2014
Appellation: Rattlesnake Hills AVA, WA
Brix at Harvest: 26.1° Brix
TA: 0.68 g/100 mL
Alcohol: 14.6% ABV
Residual Sugar: Dry
Varieties: 85% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 4% Merlot
Type of oak: 85% New American oak for 16 months
Cases produced: 230 (750ml x 12 case)
Winemaker Notes: 2014 Zillah Gorilla Zinfandel
Suggested Retail: National: $22.99