Sledgehammer Zinfandel is excellent! It compares very well with some old-vine zinfandel's that I like -- and in fact, I ordered anther case after the first. A very good value.
Great for a daily wine.
Wine Maker Notes
After being picked at full maturity, the fruit was fermented for 5 to 7 days prior to pressing, resulting in rich color and structured tannins. Following malolatic fermentation the wine was aged for two years in a combination of French and Hungarian oak barrels to add a touch of spice notes, while enabling the bright juicy fruit intensity of the vineyard to show through. Our winemaker added in small amounts of Petite Sirah (8%) for added depth of flavor.
The majority of grapes in this Zinfandel come from the Clear Mountain Vineyard in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County. Here red volcanic soils with high rock content (including large chunks of obsidian) combine with warm days and cool nights to provide excellent growing conditions for Zinfandel, yielding wines with rich and robust flavors.