2017 Zinfandel, Jack's Cabin Vineyard
95% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah
14 months in oak barrels 100% French
The 2017 Jacks Cabin Zinfandel is beautifully detailed in its aromatic profile: candied red fruit, milk chocolate shavings, sweet baking spices, and nuances of vanilla bean pod and cola. The seamless entry reveals coffee grounds and chocolate covered cherries followed by perfumed dried underbrush and sweet loam. Nice firm mid palate gives way to a fresh and focused finish. Please enjoy over the next 5-7 years.
Planted at nearly 950 feet in elevation and roughly 15 degrees slope, Jack’s Cabin Vineyard is one of the premier sites of Rockpile. It has a southern sun exposure and is planted with the meandering natural slope of the bench. Relatively hidden from the coastal breezes that howl through Rockpile, this vineyard is the least stressed of all the blocks.
Named after one of the area’s earliest settlers, the Jack’s Cabin site has quite a colorful history. Though Jack Ireland’s primary occupation was clearing land for sheep and cattle grazing, he was most known for his moonshine and disregard for the law, as apparently he spent many a night in the county jail. When my father, and grandfather before him, were growing up on the property, only the tattered remnants of Jack’s house remained. The old decrepit structure only strengthened the notion that the “cabin” was haunted, and thus was born the legend of Jack’s Cabin!