Oenologist: Gerard Zanzonico
Vinification: The Nebbiolo grapes are picked when they have developed their flavors to their fullest potential and are fully mature. The fruit is picked in the early morning when it is cooler so that it will be chilly when it gets to the winery. The grapes are manually sorted and de-stemmed in the cellar.
Aged for 24 months in French oak: 75% new oak barrels, 25% single-use barrels
Alcohol Grade: 13.6%
Size: 750 ml
The Producer: Vinos Zanzonico
Vinos Zanzonico is a family project winemaker Gerard Zanzonico and his wife Patricia Zanzonico.
Gerard had a 40-year-long career as a Napa Valley winemaker. He spent about half that time at Chateau Montelena. He was part of an all-star staff that helped elevate this celebrated Napa institution to rare heights.
Then he went on to leave his mark as a winemaker at Stonegate Winery, Staglin Family Vineyard, and Del Dotto Vineyards. Along the way Gerard worked with a lot of nice folks…he also made a lot of world-class wine. Four of those wines merited one hundred point scores from wine critic Robert Parker.
In 2015 the passion that drove Gerard about Napa dimmed a bit. It was time for him to leave Napa behind, but he wasn’t done with wine altogether. He was doing some consulting in Baja California, Mexico. The people there had two things Gerard most admired about winemaking: desire and passion.
So in 2019 Gerard, his wife and partner Patricia, and their dog Misty moved to Ensenada. They launched their brand Vinos Zanzonico with a small production of Chardonnay, Nebbiolo, and Syrah.
Their production is about four hundred cases a year.