Inspiration Vineyards

2016 Zinfandel, Sonoma County CA

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Appearance medium ruby
(note the sediment - decanting is recommended)
Aromas blueberry, raspberry, anise, sandalwood, sawdust, tobacco leaf, eucalyptus, mint, violets
Palate plum, black cherry, black peppercorn, balanced acidity, well integrated tannins, lingering finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
grilled meats, Italian sausage, venison and brisket, tomato based pasta dishes such as lasagna or spaghetti, beef stew or chili and cheeses such as Parmesan, aged Cheddar or Gouda, Asiago or Pepper Jack

100% Zinfandel

50 cases
Aging Potential
Drink now through 2025
Winemaker Notes

Sometime in late January, after the wines have finished with their malolactic fermentation, Dylan and I walk through the cellar and taste through all the lots. It’s a nice time; the wines are tucked away in their barrels, asleep during the cold winter months. When we pulled the samples of our Alexander Valley & Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel barrels, our taste buds went crazy because of the explosion of multiple flavors. It was then, that we nicknamed this lot: AC/DC! Technically, it’s AV/DC reflecting 50% from each of the places where the grapes are grown. I think you’ll agree that this wine is a Rockstar because it’s full of ripe, juicy raspberry, spice and black pepper flavors; medium bodied with balanced acidity with just a hint of American oak on the finish. – Winemaker Jon Phillips

Aged 15 months in neutral American oak

This wine is unfiltered


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Winemaker: Jon Phillips

About the Winemaker

Jon Phillips’ says that his passion for wine is likely in his blood, as he grandparents owned California vineyards in the early 1900’s. His love of wine grew through his time working at a tasting room, teaching wine appreciation classes and taking courses through UC Davis Extension in Enology and Viticulture. Making wine in his garage for friends and family since 1999, Jon followed his dream, purchased 6 acres in the Russian River Valley and launched Inspiration Vineyards in 2002. Jon’s small batch wines have earned many accolades, and he also offers winemaking services in the region.
About the Winery
Inspiration Vineyards
Born from a dream and a mid-life career change, Inspiration Vineyards was created in 2002. Jon Phillips’ passion for wine, however, dates back much further to his grandparents who made wine in the early 1900’s. For years, Jon was determined to break into the wine business by working weekends in tasting rooms, teaching wine classes and ultimately enrolling in a class at UC Davis in Enology and Viticulture.
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