2016 “ZOTO” Chardonnay
Our “ZOTO” Chardonnay is our entry into the versatile Zotovich portfolio. This “little sister” to our reserve holds the same bright green apple notes complimented with light vanilla and lemon peel as well as a saline, briny finish which is a hallmark of this property. The aging process in 100% French oak happens over a 20 month period, allowing the Chardonnay to gently mature and prepare to be bottled and enjoyed by all.
2016 Zotovich Estate Chardonnay
The harvest of our different Chardonnay clones occurred over 3 days ranging from mid-August to mid-September. Displaying our hallmark minerality and acidity, this bright, crisp chardonnay is loaded with green apple notes with touches of lemon butter and butterscotch with a taught, briny element in the finish. The wine had good mid-palate weight and a long, powerful finish. It was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 35% of which were new and spent 20 months in barrel before bottling.
2017 Zotovich Estate Viognier
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. The result was opulent orange blossoms and stone fruit aromas followed by a complex melon and citrus backbone. A little salty finish showcases the vineyard’s coastal characteristics.
2016 Zotovich Estate Syrah
The Syrah from our vineyard is always phenomenal, and 2016 is no exception. Co-fermented with 5% Viognier, the 2016 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.
2016 “ZOTO” Pinot Noir
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, 20% of which were new, for 12 months.
2016 Zotovich Estate Pinot Noir
Our flagship Pinot Noir is constructed of four different clones from the vineyard, all harvested in mid-September. The 2016 Zotovich Pinot Noir is voluminous, with notes of bing cherry and dried raspberry that carries to a smooth mid palate, with a little bit of oak spice. The tannins are gentle, but ever present.
2016 “Z” Reserve Grenache/Syrah
Comprised of 50% Grenache and 50% Syrah, both from our hillside and flats, this wine exhibits the flavors we favor in both varietals. The opulent nose shows distinctive blue and red fruit with the dried saltiness of prosciutto. There is a fresh sensation, like the coolness after the rain. The ripe blueberry flavors also hold salivating Syrah tannin which allows balance to the Grenache acidity. The mild ocean brine in the finish yet again portrays our hallmark Zotovich salinity. This is our first blend ever and a team favorite.
*For information on older vintages, please contact Simonne@ZotovichVineyards.com or call the Tasting Room on (805) 736 1600