The Joneses grow eight different grape varieties on their land, but only Zinfandel is vinted and bottled from three different settings on their estate. Zin is California's signature grape, responding to its strong light, marine influence and long growing season with reliable harvests and a distinctive sensory profile. The southern Italian variety Primitivo is genetically equivalent.
Sierra foothill zins tend toward high alcohol levels, occasional pruniness and almost lurid flavors. This intense garnet-colored version is an elegant example of the region. It presents blackberry and pepper notes with lesser accents of fennel and smoke, bolstered by a succession of tannins and a long, warm finish. Its restrained mouthfeel helps it play well with food. It offers a fine duet with the darkest of dark chocolate.