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Revenant Zinfandel Paso Robles 2012
- Varietal: Zinfandel
- Country: USA
- Region: Paso Robles, CA
- Unit Size: 750 mL
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This wine is vibrant dark purple color gives way to the initial aromas of raspberry, and spiced notes. A first taste reveals the layered flavors of black plum, white pepper and hints of oak, which are supported by youthful tannins.
The grapes were sourced from a small family owned vineyard located on the west side of Paso Robles. Because of the proximity to the Pacific Ocean the fruit is influenced by morning coastal fog and warm sun filled afternoons. The head pruned vines of this block are planted on a western facing slope in a mixture of clay and sandy loam soils.
The grapes were handpicked, sorted, destemmed and crushed. A three day cold soak preceded fermentation in small open-top fermenters with punch-downs performed by hand twice per day. The wine was then aged for 14 months in 50% new American oak barrels and 50% neutral French oak barrels to enhance the nuances of this Zinfandel. The wine was bottled with minimal filtration and co-fermented with 11% Petite Sirah.
My travels over more than 20 years in the wine industry have taken me from sales and marketing positions for some of California’s most acclaimed wineries to Sales Manager for an Italian import company.
I was incredibly fortunate to work in Italy, where I was influenced by friends and colleagues including Antonio Zaccheo (both Senior and Junior) of Carpineto, Grandi Vini di Toscana. I especially treasure a chance meeting with Guiseppe Quintarelli, regarded as Veneto’s finest winemaker, for the impression he left on me.
In California, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Joel Peterson of Ravenswood, among many others. But it is my enduring bond with Terry and Francis Leighton of Kalin Cellars fame that I owe my deepest thanks for the wealth of knowledge they shared.
I share these experiences with you because they’re the true inspiration behind Revenant. These influences sharpen my focus on crafting specialized varietals in limited quantities with an artisan’s sensibilities.
It was my first visit to France, savoring a rosé from the Cahors region, made from the then-unheralded Malbec, that compelled me to create one of California’s first Malbec Rosé wines. In a similar way, personal introductions to small vineyards that are family owned and farmed inspired me to focus my own portfolio on Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Syrah and a proprietary blend we call Cuvèe Americaine.
I invite you to learn more about Revenant, the story behind the name, our portfolio of wines, and announcements of upcoming releases.
I’m often asked about our name, what it means, how you say it, and why we picked it for our wine label.
Well, Revenant (REV-uh-nuhnt) comes from the French revenir, “to return.” As a noun, it refers to one who returns – often as a ghost, I suppose, or simply after a long absence.
The name came about unexpectedly, as these things often do, one summer evening on my terrace. Good friends were over to share some sushi and more than a little wine when one mentioned the name Revenant. She had run across the word while reading a book, and once I learned the definition, I just knew it was right for this venture.
At the time, I was laying low, getting ready for the next phase of my career, and promising myself that this time around, I was going to take life a little slower.
Some sharp linguists will point out that revenir is also the source of the word “revenue.” And that’s just fine with me. But for my own “return” as general manager of one winery while starting my own label, Revenant is a personal reminder to take each day as it comes, and enjoy life at a slower and much more relaxed pace.
The triskele, a symbol composed of three interlocking spirals, comes from an ancient Celtic emblem representing the cycles of life. In its primary interpretation, the three spirals relate to the sun, the afterlife, and to reincarnation -- when drawn in a continuous line suggesting the movement of time.
A common feature found throughout Celtic art, the triskele also evokes the concept of the elemental domains of material existence – earth, water and sky – and their various interrelationships.
For me, the cyclical feel, along with the references to natural forces, certainly applies to the growing of grapes and the crafting of wine that carries the Revenant label.
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