Tzum 2019 Fionn "Spring Ephemeral"
There is 1.5 acres of Zinfandel planted at the site we farm in the desert. It’s on a steep cobbled hillside on the North side of the site. The soil is very shallow and the shoots barely reach the first wire, begin to yellow by midsummer and are struggling for survival. The wine that emerges from this struggle never fails to surprise me. Its always one of the last parcels to be picked, often after all the leaves have fallen and it rarely ripens beyond 22.5 brix. The wine that results from this is atypically, perfumed, floral and delicate for Zinfandel. It tastes more like some long lost aromatic grape variety, that only grows on the cliffs of a single village, in a forgotten Mediterranean isle.