Tzum 2018 Feis “Spring Ephemeral”
This is made from a 1.5 acre field in the more steeply pitched, rockier portion of Scorched Earth. The block is own-rooted zinfandel that was top worked to a blend of grapes from Bordeaux and Southwestern France: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Carmenere, Petite Verdot, Tannat, Fer, Abouriou, and Ste. Macaire. This is fermented in open top wooden vats, tread by foot, and pressed into older Burgundian barriques. This version was bottled in the first summer to preserve its fruit and fragrance. Despite the cepage, this has more in common with Loire Valley Cabernet Franc made in a decidedly Burgundian fashion than with any wine from Napa or Bordeaux.
*Tzum means “To mark, stripe, or locate” in Chinook Jargon (the same trade language Hiyu comes from). Going forward we will be bottling all of the single-parcel wines outside of Hiyu under this label.