2015 Zinfandel

2015 Zinfandel
Wine Specs
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
Mesa Del Sol
Harvest Date
October 28, 2012
7.6 g/l
18 months
Bottling Date
May 23, 2014
Soft & Elegant
Alcohol %

2015 Zinfandel

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The Vineyard

The Mesa del Sol Vineyard is located in the Arroyo Seco appellation west of Greenfield. Here, moderately warm and breezy days are followed by cool evenings and foggy mornings; the mountainside vineyard’s gravelly, porous soils along with the Region I type climate make for ideal conditions for an elegant expression of Zinfandel.

The Vintage

Benefitting from warm temperatures and a long growing season, the Mesa del Sol Vineyard produced a moderate crop of very high quality fruit in 2015. The dry winter was followed by moderate temperatures and a final burst of heat in October that helped finish ripening. The additional hang time yielded small, intensely flavored berries.


Hand harvested fruit was immediately de-stemmed into small open top fermenters to maximize skin contact for flavor and color extraction. After the completion of primary fermentation, the young wine was barreled into a combination of French and American oaks for complexity and intensity of fruit concentration. The wine was aged for 18 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

The 2015 Manzoni Zinfandel shows classic aromas of pure blackberry and blueberry essence supported by elegant vanilla and subtle smokiness. The color is deep, rich and dark with jewel toned hues brought on by the crisp acidity and ripe grape skins. This wine is ripe and rich, but in no way pruny or raisiny like so many other renderings.  The aromatics carry through to the palette with flavors of red plums, ripe black berries and hints of hard spices that are wrapped by a core of soft, elegant tannins and bright, clean acidity. This cool climate offering of Zinfandel is a classic rendition of a varietally correct wine that allows the purity of the fruit to shine through.  While many versions of Zinfandel tend towards over-ripe characters, this wine is an elegant and powerful bottling that is not only a great flavor experience, but also a wonderful translation of terroir into the bottle.  This wine drinking very well at release but a further one to three years will bring out further subtly in the fruit and increase the aged aromatics. 

Product Reviews
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Kathy Ritz
(Oct 16, 2016 at 10:09 AM)
Shared this wine with my large family last night while enjoying grilled sirloins This wine was the perfect accompaniment. It is smooth and delightfully fruity. Everyone agreed! I will definitely purchase more! Thank you, Mark!

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Dan Griffith
(Dec 13, 2016 at 9:56 AM)
We stopped at Manzoni during our annual wine trip to California in Aug 2015. Loved their wines and joined the club. We found their Zinfandel to be among the best we have ever enjoyed. We just ordered 6 bottles of this 2014 Zin, along with some Pinot Gris which is also excellent.

Caty's Gravatar
(Apr 4, 2019 at 8:01 PM)
Shared this bottle with a girlfriend tonight and we kept finding ourselves saying how delicious this wine is. It is perfect for any occasion. I will be ordering more.

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