100% 90 year old Zinfandel vines from Shergill vineyard
Carbonic Maceration of 100% whole cluster fruit for 8 days in concrete. Grapes were pressed and transferred to stainless steel tankk. When fermentation was finished the wines were transferred to 9 year old French oak barrels for 10 months. This zinfandel is jammy red fruits, strawberry compote, pepper, and sweet spice. Served with a slight chill!
Only 200 cases produced!
Monte Rio Cellars is a collaboration between longtime friends Patrick Cappiello and Pax Mahle.
Following a successful career as a sommelier and restaurant owner in New York City, Patrick set his sights on the West Coast to make wine. He launched Monte Rio Cellars with the help of his buddy and highly-respected winemaker, Pax.
Patrick and Pax's philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines in the spirit of old California. With this idea in mind, they work with family-owned, organically farmed vineyards and keep the winemaking simple. Spontaneous fermentations take place with whole cluster grapes in stainless steel and concrete, and aging takes place in neutral oak barrels. The goal is to make moderate alcohol, higher acid, fresh wines, naturally.