Terre Rouge and Easton Wines was founded in the late 80s by husband and wife team Bill Easton and Jane O’Riordan. Winemaker Bill Easton began his career in the wine business working for small California wineries. In the late 70's he founded Solano Cellars, a wine shop in Berkeley, California, specializing in small artisan producers from around the world. From years in the shop and traveling extensively in Europe, Bill's palate and style of winemaking developed. He creates wines that are balanced and elegant, with complexity that develops as the wines age in bottle. The French call it élevage, which is "raising" the wine in the bottle. There is an art to this style of winemaking and great pleasure in a wine that is ready to drink, while still showing great promise for future aging.
EASTON "E" Zinfandel was added to our Zinfandel portfolio starting with the 2009 vintage. Tis is an
non-contiguous, all estate-grown Zinfandel hand-crafted from grapes tended organically in the Rice MacDonald vineyard site in the Fiddletown AVA. It is made with our traditional winemaking techniques,
including a natural yeast fermentation after the fruit arrives at the winery. Tis is a very cool site for
Zinfandel, where crop size is monitored closely to make sure we can get the grapes to ripen properly,
usually in mid-to-late October. It was planted to a mixture of heritage California clones in 1999 and 2000.
All weed removal is done mechanically or by hand. All fertilization is with organic-certified compost or
green-manure cover-crop. Rodents are managed by our barn owl air force. Grapes are all hand-harvested and delivered to the winery where the grapes are de-stemmed and dumped into open-top fermenters. The natural fermentation usually starts within 4 days and proceeds for about 10 days before the wine is gently pressed and racked to mostly third and fourth use French oak barrels. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Bottling is generally sixteen months later and the wine is aged in bottle a couple of years prior to release. It now shows great spicy aromatics, delicious boysenberry fruit flavors, and a fascinating mineral laden finish from the vineyards schist-laden hillside. Why "E"? "E" stands for: EASTON, Ecological Techniques, Estate-Grown, Elevation, and Exquisite.
14.5 % alcohol by vol.; 3.65 pH; 6.0 gm./liter total acidity
Release date: May 2022
Practicing Organic, Sustainable & Biodynamic.
At Terre Rouge and Easton they strive to manage our business and vineyards with as little impact on the environment as possible. Their vineyards are farmed sustainably and organically. The winery and tasting room facilities are solar-powered. The sun provides about 90% of their needed electrical power to run pumps, wine press, and cooling units. Their solar panels keep our wine cellar and customers cool and happy on hot summer days.
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