Meet Andrea, our Lead Tasting Room Associate, who recently joined the Parrish Family Vineyard team! She is excited to share her favorite wine with you - the 2020 Zinfandel. Andrea is a big fan of chocolate and she loves that the fruit forward Zinfandel carries notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. She also loves the luxury and elegance on the palate and says “Everyone should have a bottle…it’s that delicious.”
Andrea would pair the Zinfandel with a movie night! For her, horror flicks, friends, and freshly baked brownies are the perfect Zinfandel accompaniments.
Ready to create your own Zinfandel pairing and occasion? Here are the details on the 2020 vintage from our Winemaker, Cody Alt.
Owner and Winemaker, David Parrish is drawn to the Zinfandel variety in memory of his grandfather, Earl Henderson, who planted Zinfandel in the 1920’s. Grandpa Earl was able to acquire cuttings from the renown Paderewski Ranch in Paso Robles. He took the cuttings and planted them in Atascadero, where he managed 740 acres. Today, the Parrish Family grows a half acre of Zinfandel near the gates to the Tasting Room along Adelaida Road.
Tasting Notes: Red Cherry, Fresh Cranberry, Pomegranate, Cocoa, Leather, White Pepper
Pairing Suggestion: Pork Tenderloin with a Mushroom and Sage Stuffing
Release Notes: Released to Wine Club
Vineyard Notes: Head Trained and Spur Pruned. Half an acre.
Yield: 4 Tons
TA: 5.9 G/L
VA: .69 G/L
Fermentation: Stainless Steel with Pumpovers and Punchdowns
Oak Profile: 50% New French Oak - To allow the fruit to be the focus
Vintage Notes: The 2020 vintage is memorable much like the year for obvious reasons. Bud break was a little late due to rainfall in the Spring, but there were no frost issues with it being a warmer year. The flowering was normal and occurred in good conditions. Summer arrived with hot weather and record heat waves in August and September. This encouraged the 2020 harvest to begin and be completed quickly. During the beginning days of harvest, Paso Robles and most of the Central Coast was overcast with smoke from fires in Northern California. Despite this challenge, the Zinfandel was left to complete its ripening and the winemaking team worked their magic to save the wine from smoke taint. Therefore, the 2020 vintage showcases the hardwork and determination of our winemaking team to keep the quality that you have come to know and love at Parrish Family Vineyard.