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La Chertosa Wines

2013 Fra Paolo Reserve Zinfandel, Amador County

2013 Fra Paolo Reserve Zinfandel, Amador County
Winner of 4 Gold Medals!

  • La Chertosa Reserve Zinfandel is made from the same vines each year from three separate sites in that same vineyard.  We also have a different clone at each of the three sites. The reason for this is to get layers of flavor into the wine created by the site and clonal variations. 
  • We select vineyard sites with red soil because the particular complexities of red soil create a fuller mouth feel.  Even with these consistencies each harvest evolves different flavors due to the variations in weather.
  • Harvest was a bit early from the average starting date, with only a few heat spikes - all in all an excellent growing season.
  • The blend is 65% 2013 Zinfandel, 30% 2013 Primitivo and 5% 2014 Barbera.
  • Aging & Barrels:  Fermented in open-topped stainless steel fermenters (our design); and aged 17 months in American Oak barrels with stirring of the lees weekly for the first 5 months. 
  • It is important to note that we use a tiered or multi-year barrel aging profile.  We purchase for each vintage the equivalent of 1/3 new barrels.  The other 2/3’s are 1/3 one-year old and 1/3 two-year old barrels.  All are American Oak, medium toasted.  This gives us another set of layered flavors to enhance the harmonic texture of our wine.  

Only 400 Cases Produced


  • Gold Medal, 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal, 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal, 2015 Grand Harvest Awards
  • Gold Medal, 2015 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition

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Mike Dunne
(Sep 19, 2023 at 11:55 AM)
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