This is our flagship estate wine from Kuchan Estate Lepi Bregi vineyard in Santa Clara Valley, most closely resembling Ridge Geyserville Zinfandel. The grapevines have been planted in 1925, almost a century ago. They are gnarly, twisted and low producing but render amazing fruit with deep aromas and more evenly ripened clusters than traditional zinfandel. Lepi Bregi vineyard is a classic turn of the 19th century blend with zinfandel, grenache and carignane.
2017 was a tough year. Dry farmed vineyard struggled for the last two weeks before harvest with temperatures spiking to 117 deg Fahrenheit. As a result, the yield was less than 50% but the aromas are insanely rich and complex with bountiful acidity and tannins, which will age well for another 3-5 years.