The Kook is made from hand-picked organic Zinfandel (mostly - there is also a smattering of Alicante, Carignane, and Mission) grapes that are sourced from the 100 year old Lopez Ranch Vineyard in Rancho Cucamonga.
This ancient dry farmed, head-trained vineyard is one of the early vineyards planted in California, and is one of the oldest in California that is still producing. Cucamonga is a historical region that was home to more grapevines than Napa and Sonoma throughout the 1920’s and into prohibition. It is a hot climate with sandy soils that produces rich, jammy fruit characters with a distincive earthiness. Many of the old vineyards have been ripped out to make way for strip malls, tract homes, and warehouses. The vines that still exist are surrounded by freeways and development.
For this wine, the fermentation was on skins for 14 days and punched down 1-3 times every day. The wine was basket pressed, then matured in old french oak barrels. We bottled 100 cases in April of 2014, after 18 months aging. Wine is always changing, but at bottling, the 2012 Kook shows a big nose of spice, blackberry jam, and dried herbs. The mouth is rustic, yet balanced by cherry, red currant, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors. The medium body and chalky tannins finish sweet and chunky. This wine will benefit from a year in the cellar.