Winery: Edmeades Winery
Bottling: 2005 Ciapusci Vineyard Zinfandel
Estimated Retail Price: $30
Purchase Details & Tasting Source: Purchased by the glass at Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar
Tasting Notes: With Edmeades Zinfandels, texture and individual character are what always stands out when I’m tasting their wines and the 2005 Ciapusci was consistent with what the winery always puts out.
The aroma was that of wild berries, cherries and earth. A very captivating nose indeed. In the mouth was a voluptuous texture framed by soft, clean tannins. Lots of wild berry flavors like raspberry and strawberries. There were also some light baking spices as well as the earthy dustiness so common in this vineyard bottling and other Edmeades bottlings. The amazing thing about this wine is that its alcohol comes in at a hefty, but light-footed 16.5%! 16%! Let me say that again, 16%! This is truly a testament to great wine making, because I didn’t notice any traces of missing tissue from inside the back of my throat
Food Pairing & Context in Which to Enjoy: I think this wine would be great with any sort of backyard bbq nosh from Memphis style ribs to pulled pork.
Winery & Other Background Info: Edmeades winery is considered to be one of the pioneers of zinfandel. They were not the first grape growers in Anderson Valley per se (That distinction belongs to the early Italian Immigrants) , but in 1963 the late Dr. Edmeades became the first modern day grape grower in Mendocino when he planted vines in the area. Edmeades even supplied the likes of Seghesio and Parducci for over ten years before venturing out to make their own wine in 1972.
The family sold out to Jess Jackson in 1988 and wine maker Van Williamson has been at the wine making helm ever since. Williams crafts zins that always have good acid & tannin structures and excellent purity of fruit. I think his zinfandels are ageworthy, which is not something you hear often associated with zinfandel. If you do, names like Storybook Mountain or Ridge Vineyards are usually what comes to mind. Let me know if there are others. I’d like to hear from you.