Zinfandel Red Wine from the Carmel Valley, Monterey County in California. Joullian Sias Cuvee Zinfandel 2004 has a very dark garnet color with a ruby rim. Powerful black raspberry, anise and spicy floral nose. Balanced ripe raspberry, plum and strawberry flavors expand into a lively red currant-red plum midpalate. A long, clean finish is enhanced with nuances of vanilla, black pepper and anise. You can drink it now or cellar through 2012 at 55°F and 75% R.H.
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Early in 1981, Joullian Vineyards purchased 655 acres of hillside benchland at an elevation of 1400 feet, in the heart of the remote Carmel Valley, Monterey County California viticulture appellation.
Following extensive contouring and terracing, 40 acres of high density-spaced vines were planted in the rocky Arroyo Seco series loam. The planting emphasized Bordeaux varieties and allocated two-thirds of the vineyard to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The remaining 13 acres, originally allotted to Chardonnay, were grafted to pre-prohibition Zinfandel selections throughout the 1990’s. Pursuing complexity in the wines, Watson planted a variety of vines from reputed sources such as Sterling, Mount Veeder, 3 Palms, Ventana and Lytton Springs. The
winery, completed in the Spring of 1991, was designed to handle each vineyard block separately to insure that the complex subtleties and nuances produced in the field be
transferred into the bottle.
RATINGS: Recommended by Appelation America
"2004 Zinfandel - Sias Cuvee, Estate (Carmel Valley)
From the beginning, Joullian Vineyards emphasized Bordeaux grape varieties, both red and white. But in 1984 winery co-founder Dick Sias also planted the first Zinfandel vines in Carmel Valley. Later, some acreage originally devoted to Chardonnay was grafted over to Zinfandel, and now the vineyard includes selections from places ranging from Amador County to Lytton Springs to Primitivo from Puglia. A little Petite Sirah and even smaller amounts of Aleatico, Alicante Bouschet, Carignane and Grenache are added to the blend for more complexity. The wine spends 14 months in new and year-old French oak barrels. While many Zins these days are completely over the top, with high alcohol and noticeable residual sugar, this Joullian Zinfandel is well-balanced and displays good varietal character, with plenty of brambly berry fruit, some nice spice and lesser notes of plum and cherry. The alcohol (14.5 percent) is moderate by Zinfandel standards. The firm tannins cry out for some hearty foods, and the winery suggests pairing it with roasted or grilled meats, barbecued chicken, grilled tuna steaks or spicy Thai or Mexican food. I found it to be a good match with chili."
Excellent - Wine Enthusiast
"Recognizably Zinny with its array of wild berry, tobacco and earth flavors, and peppery mouthfeel, not to mention the dry, somewhat rough tannins. There’s some real richness in the middle, and the finish is spicy and clean."
Varietal Content: 94% Zinfandel
4% Petite Sirah 2% Aleatico, Alicante Bouchet, Carignane & Grenache
Appellation/AVA: 100% Joullian Estate, Carmel Valley
Sugar at Harvest: 25.0° Brix
Fermentation: Primary and malolactic fermentation completed in 10-17 days
Barrel Aging: 14 months in new and one-year old French oak barrels
Total Acidity/pH: 6.5 g/L; 3.82
Residual Sugar: Dry (0.05%)
Total Production: 1512 cases (750ml), 20 cases (1.5L)
Release Date: May 20, 2006
TASTING NOTES: May, 2006
Medium garnet color with a brilliant cherry rim. Spicy, vanilla-tinged cherry, raspberry and rose petal nose.The bright raspberry entry broadens into a red currant, plum and rhubarb mid-palate that leads to an elegant, crisp, spicy-vanilla finish. Cellar through 2012 at 55°F and 75% R.H.
Roast pork, grilled steak, simple BBQ chicken, grilled salmon or tuna steaks. By March 2007, the wine will gain richness and perfume — so pair it with full-bore BBQ, spicy Thai or Mexican food, or any full-flavored meal.