2007 Toucan Wines Estate Zinfandel

(Toucan Vineyard, Estate Zinfandel & 10% Petite Sirah)



Los Angeles International Wine Competition


San Diego Wine Competition


CA State  Wine Competition


A dry and cold winter allowed us to complete pruning in January, but nights of hard-freezes for a seven day stretch damaged water lines, foliage on trees and ultimately meant the end for several vines in our vineyard. The rains never came in spring and drought conditions resulted in early stress in the vineyard forcing less established vines to give up their fruit. Vines less stressed by the lack of rain set less fruit then normal on a schedule more typical of 2004 or 2005 vintages.


The clusters and the berries formed this year were both smaller and more concentrated. The consistent warmth and relatively dry weather that dominated the growing season also produced less foliage on the vines, fewer weeds and overall the yield was less than expected. Very little vine thinning was required in July to expose the fruit to sun and air-flow and as veraison started we noticed the vines slowing and starting an early seasonal shut-down. By mid August the vineyard was entirely netted and we began our wait for harvest.


Harvest of small batches of Estate Zinfandel began on September 15th through the 28th and on September 29th we harvested the Estate Petite Sirah. The fruit came into the winery in perfect condition with nearly identical numbers to the 2005 vintage. Several days of cold soaking led to a slow fermentation in small open bins.


After a gentle pressing, we placed the wine in 60% new French, Hungarian, and American oak barrels. First racked and blended in May of 08 and again in December, the 2007 Estate Zinfandel aged in fine oak for a total 16 months. Our 2007 Estate Zinfandel includes 10% 2007 Estate Petite Sirah and we proudly bottled 245 cases on February 10th of 2009, unfined and unfiltered.


After 16 months in barrel and now five years in the bottle, this wine is a beautiful garnet/purple with a nose of ripe wild cherry and complex fruits. Tastes of softening multi-layered ripe fruits, elegant, with an integrated back bone of fine oak.


July 2010 -  Warm, earthy nose of ripe, dark plum, violets, and white pepper. Rich blackberry flavors are in the foreground with excellent acid balance and softening tannins - Alan Boehmer, Suite101.com


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Harvest: September 15th - 29th

Bottled: February 10, 2009

Acid: .784

Alcohol: 14.7%

Release: 245 case



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