The 2017 Undertake is our first Zinfandel blend. A true classic of California's robust, fruit-driven style, Undertake is a blend of 60% Zinfandel, 25% Petite Sirah, 10% Merlot, and 5% Syrah. This beautiful wine has great depth and subtleties that find their way through the red fruit core. The four varietals in this blend come from a different vineyards, each bringing their own character to the cuvée. The Zinfandel, Merlot, and Syrah all come from Northeast Los Angeles County and are red fruit driven, while the Petite Sirah from Paso Robles adds structure and a dark fruit core. All of the fruit was hand-picked, cold soaked, and fermented in open top bins. The wines were aged separately in a mixture of new and neutral French and American oak barrels for 18 months before bottling. Red raspberry jam and boysenberry syrup, with fresh red fruit and candied plums lead the charge on the nose, with hints of vanilla, sweet tobacco leaf and white pepper. The palate is medium bodied and silky, featuring vibrant red fruits and berries with an elevating acidity. Smooth, fine-grained tannins draw out the spiced, fruit-laced finish.
90 points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine