Current Vintage

Chardonnay, Viognier, Rosé of Pinot Noir, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir

 

Grape clusters are harvested before sunrise at their coldest possible temperature to ensure that upon arrival to the winery, spontaneous fermentation has not begun.  We are especially gentle with our grapes, and aim to move our wine as little as possible to ensure that our quality remains at optimum level.  Punch downs are performed three times daily.  After the initial fermentation, wines are unless otherwise specified, inoculated with malolactic bacteria to ensure that they fully undergo malolactic fermentation prior to bottling.

 
 

Zotovich Estate 2014 ZOTO Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes:

 

The harvest of our different Chardonnay clones occurred over 3 days scattered through mid-August to mid-September.  High in both minerality and acidity, this bright, crisp chardonnay is loaded with green apple notes with touches of lemon butter and butterscotch.  The wine had good mid-palate weight and a bright, clean finish. It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 40% of which were new and spent 16 months in barrel before bottling.

 

Zotovich Estate 2014 Chardonnay

Winemaker Notes:

 

Because of the different growing styles of the 3 clones used in our Estate Chardonnay, the picks were scattered from mid-August to mid-September.  High in both minerality and acidity, this chardonnay is bright upfront, with a touch of lemon butter and brine, with a surprising weight to the mid-palate and an infinite finish.  This wine spent 16 months in barrel before bottling.  It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 30% of which were new, predominately from the DAMY cooperage.

 

Zotovich Estate 2015 Viognier

Winemaker Notes:

 

Viognier can be a difficult grape to understand at Zotovich.  It will be dull and green for much of its maturing life, have a brief but spectacular moment of balance, and then become overly glycerin and syrupy.  We found the window for the spectacular in 2015 was between 23.5 and 24.0 Brix, and close monitoring allowed us to pick exactly where we wanted.  Both lush and balanced, this Viognier has a depth and complexity not seen in your typical California Viognier. We pressed off to tank, allowed the juice to settle for two days, then racked the juice to a new tank and commenced fermentation.  Post fermentation we barreled down the wine to all stainless-steel vessels.

 

Zotovich Estate 2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes:

 

2016 Rosé of Pinot Noir, 125 cases made, 100% Pinot Noir. Harvested September 6. Nose of rose petal, cranberry and dried cherry with cola and spice notes in the back. Medium dark pink with good palate weight and a long, juicy finish.

 

Zotovich Estate 2014 Syrah

Winemaker Notes:

The Syrah from our vineyard is always phenomenal, and 2014 is no exception.  Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, the 2014 has a bright nose with an underlying hint of lushness, and a body that is both elegant and powerful.  This wine spent 18 months in 100% French 500 liter puncheon barrels, 20% of which were new.

 

Zotovich Estate 2014 ZOTO Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes:

 

Our “Zoto” Pinot Noir was harvested at the end of August and the first part of September, which was later than our main Pinot Noir, so that we could produce a softer, more fruit driven wine more suited for enjoyment in its youth than our more structured mainline Pinot.  It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 35% of which were new, for 12 months.

 

Zotovich Estate 2014 Pinot Noir

 

Winemaker Notes:

Our Pinot Noir was harvested in mid-August when we judged the acid/tannin/fruit balance was optimal. Unrefined and unfiltered, the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir is seamless. Notes of black cherry cola, hibiscus and black tea coalesce on a deep ruby rose backdrop as caramelized citrus, nutmeg and cardamom grace the bouquet. An integrated and harmonious wine with a medium weight mouthfeel, the 2014 Estate Pinot Noir leaves the mouth with a velvety texture and the thought of dried stone fruits.  It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 35% of which were new, for 12 months.

 
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Z Cuvée 2014 Pinot Noir

Winemaker Notes:

 

This special Pinot Noir Cuvée leads with a color reminiscent of the great wines of Burgundy, a very captivating medium-light ruby. The wine's bouquet unfolds in layers as it slowly opens in the glass, first notes of rose petal, then sweet cherries and rhubarb pie, followed later by notes of sweet cedar, finishing with intriguing perfume and truffle notes. The color belies the wine's rich suppleness on the palate, with a harmonious finish provided by the wine's incredibly fine and well developed tannins. Superb acidity rounds out the picture, resulting in a wine of excellent balance, finesse and grace. This wine spent 12 months in barrel before bottling.  It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 33% of which were new.