An exciting new Glug Glug wine, the 2018 Raahi Zinfandel comes from the Kirschenmann Vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA. Raahi means 'Traveler' in Hindi. I chose this name because visiting this vineyard required me to travel the farthest of any site we work with. I have never made Zinfandel before and I was determined to try and make an elegant Zinfandel...a Zinfandel for Pinot Noir drinkers! My good friend Tegan Passalacqua owns and farms Kirschenmann. For Raahi, I was able to procure Zinfandel from own-rooted and dry farmed vines that were panted in 1915. The silica-rich and sandy soils of Kirschenmann lend the finished wine loads of aromatics and bright, red fruits. I chose to de-stem the Zinfandel and fermented this small lot in a dairy tank. While it is much more labor-intensive, these dairy tanks offer a more intimate experience with the fermentation, forcing me to gently punch-down the cap by hand as I walk around the tank. The wine was raised in neutral barrels for a little over a year before going to bottle this past winter.
504 bottles produced
The label art for Raahi and a forthcoming wine called Nithya celebrate the Hindu harvest festival of ONAM. Our talented label designer, Michael Kirts, continues to find new and inspiring designs to help bring our Glug Glug wines to life!