CA Zin - French Oak
I need help. I am down to my last bottle of Clayton, Old Vine, Estate, Lodi, Zinfandel and they went out of business. They used French Oak to age their wine, which my wife and I found especially enjoyable. My question is what other CA Zinfandels use only French Oak?
Rafanelli uses French oak. They make a really nice, restrained Zin that I find really delicious. My palate tends towards old-world styles. If yours does too, you may also enjoy this.
Their wines are available to their mailing list only, and you have to send them a written request to get on the mailing list.
From searching the Robert Parker reviews database I turn up the following zins that reference use of 100% french oak for relatively recent releases ->
I can't tell you that this is true for all their zins or all vintages, but it's a good head start. Interesting to note that several of my favorite producers are on this list.
The 2006 Emeades is available at Costco in some markets (I live in Arizona). Price is $12-14. I have always liked their wines, and this is one of our every day reds. Although 15.5% alcohol, It is middle of the road in terms of color, body and intensity. Neither the bottle nor the website (www.edmeades.com) states the origin of the oak.
Thank you all for the excellent, helpful responses.
Incidentally, I found another: Sbragia, "Gino's Vineyard”, which we really enjoyed. In looking on the internet, I find it’s aged 20 months in new French oak.