DEBRA is a dry-style blush wine made from hand-picked Zinfandel and Grenache from old vines in Cucamonga. It’s our nod to ‘White Zin’ - the savior of old vine Zinfandel Vineyards in California.
In the 1970’s a producer of premium Zinfandel red wine in the Napa Valley used the saignée technique to bleed off some of the grape juice before fermentation, to increase the concentration of the remaining wine. The excess juice was separately fermented into a dry, almost white wine theycalled "White Zinfandel.” As a result of an accidental stuck fermentation one vintage (where the yeast dies and there’s sugar left in the finished wine), they released a sweet version that was an instant hit with consumers. By the 1980’s White Zin was outselling Red Zin 6 to 1.
The huge demand for White Zinfandel resulted in extended commercial viability of old vine Zinfandel vineyards, which saved them from being ripped out. When the fine wine boom started in the late 1980s, demand for red Zinfandel picked up considerably and these vineyards became prized for the low yields from century-old vines.
Debra is light, refreshing, and crisp. We only bottled 4 barrels of this wine that smells like strawberries, watermelon rind, and red cherry.