2020 Basler Block Zinfandel

2020 Basler Block Zinfandel

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from Antonio Galloni of Vinuous

"Baking spices, cedary herbs, sandalwood, and cigar nuances all emerge from the 2020 Zinfandel Basler Block, a plump, darker fruited, medium to full-bodied Zinfandel with a balanced, elegant style on the palate, making it a joy to drink. It should evolve for 5-7 years." -  Jeb Dunnuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Fox Family Vineyard, Los Olivos, Santa Barbara County.

Barrel Aging and Cooperage:  100% Barrel fermented in French for 22 months plus 2 years bottle aging

Winemaking:  This is the eighth release of a varietal Zinfandel from the Fox Family Vineyard. The Basler Block is named after my mother’s parents, my grandparents, Vance and Carole Basler. They were both the children of immigrants who grew up in a small rural, farming town in Iowa. I feel it is from them, whom I acquired an innate ability to farm. I planted the Basler Block similarly to the way Zinfandel had been planted in America for the last two centuries, head-trained in a goblet on a 6 by 6 spacing with only a stake for trellising. The cuttings came from the St. Peters Church clone produced over one hundred years ago and isolated from the Rockpile Vineyard in Sonoma. This small block is farmed by my father and me entirely by hand with only natural inputs. Each bottle is numbered and made in extremely tiny quantities. It was aged in French oak and bottled after twenty- two months of barrel aging and aged an additional two years in bottle prior to its release with the Spring Estate Club shipment of 2024. As far as I can find, this is the highest scoring Zinfandel and most limited bottling to ever be produced in Santa Barbara County!

Production: 49 cases

Bottle Aging: Drink in 3-5 years

Retail Price: $60 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $48 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2020
Varietal Zinfandel
Appellation Los Olivos District

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