Catch and Release
Catch & Release
Release Date: 2010
Cases Produced: 150
This wine showcases concentrated flavors of blackberry, cranberry and raspberry with hints of black pepper and spice on the nose. Dark fruits, plum, raspberry jam and spicy oak coat the palate finishing with vibrant acidity. This cool year helped retain its natural acidity, which aided in maintaining the freshness of this wine and will continue to develop in bottle over the next 2-3 years. It has been barreled for 18 months in American oak and has warm toasty aromas weaved throughout.
The 2010 vintage produced wines with concentrated aromas, rich fruit flavors, nicely balanced acidity and supple tannin structure. The most noteworthy of the 2010 vintage is one of extremes; between cool, early season temperatures and extreme late season heat. Above average rainfall in the winter months ended the streak of several average water years and ensured ample soil moisture for early season growth. Bud break initiated in late March and was somewhat delayed due to cool, rainy weather.
Summer brought unseasonably cold daytime temperatures with the morning marine layer that didn’t clear up until 1pm to 2pm each day. The brief sunny days were followed by cool evenings, which gave the grapes great flavor and color development while preserving its natural acidity.
In August, an unprecedented heat spike saw temperatures reach as high as 115F causing heat damage to the fruit, which virtually sucked the moisture from the fruit leaving hard raisins. Many people pull leaves during the cool summer right before the August heat spikes to try ripening fruit. Those who did had tremendous loss in crop yields. Some vineyards, depending on there location, weathered the heat spike and produced concentrated, high-quality fruit. Jackson Hole Winery’s Zinfandel fruit is located in the cooler region of Sonoma County and produced incredible fruit.