2018 Zakin Estate Hillside Proprietary Red Wine Blend
We are very excited to release the inaugural vintage of our 2018 Zakin Estate Hillside Proprietary Red Wine. The wine is primarily grown in our Pool Block facing south west on a beautiful hillside approximately 1,250 feet above the valley floor. This block receives the most direct sunlight on the estate during the growing season, and the relatively steep slope and rocky volcanic soil provides great drainage.
The 2018 Zakin Hillside Estate is 81% Cabernet Sauvignon and 19% Cabernet Franc and is aged for 22 months in 60% French new oak. Winemaker, Philippe Melka says the 2018 Hillside is “very expressive, characterized by complex aromatics of cedar, sap, forest floor, floral and fresh mint. The wine is full bodied with a powerful attack, layered with sweet vanilla and dusty oak, savory nuance and bright vivid red fruit.”
“On the nose you get aromas of sage, garrigues, dry herbs with some earthy wet soil notes, while in mouth the Cabernet Franc gives the wine backbone, beautifull highlights, and a long finish. This richly nuanced wine with supple tannins should age gracefully for many years”.
We're sure you will love this wine and can’t wait for you to taste it.
Production: 257 Cases
2017 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
We are very excited to release our beautiful, expressive 2017 Estate Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. We are sure you will love it. The wine is Estate grown on our Howell Mountain property situated 1,450 feet above the valley floor.
2017 was a year of extremes with high levels or precipitation that ended the great drought of the prior years and devastating fires that began on October 8th. We were very fortunate that there was no fire or smoke damage to the grapes as our harvest ended one day before the fires started on October 8th. You can read more about the Growing Season here.
2017 Estate is comprised of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Cabernet Franc. Coming primarily from Block 3 in our Howell Mountain AVA, and our pool bloc which benefits from its steep rocky soil and a southwest exposure, the wine is “rich, ample, and creamy…with tremendous depth and resonance…Super-ripe red cherry fruit, pomegranate, mint, spice and blood orange are some of the many aromas that round out this super expressive wine. ” — Antonio Galoni, Vinous.
You can read all of the reviews here.
2016 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2016 Estate Cab is a wine we are very proud of and one we know you will truly enjoy. Made with 91% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc, fermented on their skins for 26 days and then aged for 20 months in 80% French New oak the wine
“…is a real stunner. Savory, dense and beautifully layered in the glass, the 2016 has so much to offer. Dried rose petal, lavender, mint and kirsch give the 2016 striking savory nuance to play off a core of bright, beautifully chiseled fruit.” — Antonio Galloni, Vinous.
The deep purple color and medium to full bodied wine
“… leaps from the glass… with fantastic intensity and energy, finishing on a beautiful mineral note.” — Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.
Production of the 2016 is 200 cases of 750ml, 7 six packs of Magnums and 4 3L bottles.
2015 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
“Dark garnet in color the Estate 2015 exhibits … beautiful aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, raspberries as well as mulberry and a hint of tobacco. In mouth, soft, round layers fold aromas mid palate with soft but not overly sharp tannins and a long finish where the palate is filled with some flavors of mocha.” — Philippe Melka, Winemaker
“Super-ripe dark cherry, plum, mocha and sweet spice note abound in this voluptuous, racy Cabernet Sauvignon” — Antonio Galloni
The 2015 Zakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, complex, elegant wine. After aging 20 months in the barrel (70% French New Oak) and 16 months in the bottle, we feel that this wine is now exhibiting power, balance and a beautiful finish from the Cabernet Franc that we are sure you will appreciate and enjoy.
Production for 2015 was 245 cases of 750ml, 10 six packs of Magnum’s, and 6 3-liter bottles.
2014 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Drinking beautifully already with great integration of flavors of rich dark notes, coffee, nutmeg, sage and ripe raspberry - full of minerality and vibrancy so reminiscent of the site. This wine is more delicate and seductive than the previous vintages.Philippe Melka
Spearmint, mountain sage, tarragon, and bright raspberries hang suspended from a blueberry cloud. Stepping forward the wine boldly dances over the palate with blackberry and velvet tannins. The arrival is robust and unmistakable, crisp and even, but teasing further embraces with a moments patience. As the flavors percolate the aromas become more heady, darker, bolder, more unctuous - redoubling it's focus and driving, reaching, striving… There is no mistaking 2014 Zakin Estate for any other wine.Sommelier, Augie Kersting, Carbon
2013 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2013 Zakin Family Estate wine shows concentrated purple at first sight that gives way to just a hint of color more consistent with Bordeaux.
The nose confirms this tendency, as the initial nose is extremely dense and populated with Bordeaux style aromatics of peppercorns and pencil shavings. Tucked behind these aromatics is fresh Napa fruit of raspberry and wild strawberries.
As the wine continues to drink oxygen, it starts to achieve more and more harmonious aromas, launching into lavender, violets, rosemary, sage, tobacco as well as succulent and vibrant Napa fruits of blackberry, cassis, and ripe raspberry.
All the while the tannin structure is impeccably polished and persistent. The wine lingers on the palate with immensely fresh acidity. Structured, balanced and harmonious, the 2013 estate gives all the impression of being able to age indefinitely.Augie Kersting, former Estate Sommelier at Meadowood Resort
2012 Zakin Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
“The herbaceous, cracked pepper notes of the Cab Franc in this premium blend are complimented by the racy dark fruit characteristics of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Showcasing some scents of spice, cinnamon, tobacco and black raspberry. This wine is about elegance but also shows some soft tannins expressing the hillside vineyard and the Cabernet Franc.”Philippe Melka, Winemaker.
The 2012 Zakin Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is our inaugural bottling and our third release behind the 2013 and the 2014. After bottling the 2012, we felt the wine would improve with age and decided to hold it back until we felt it reached its full potential. After 18 months in the bottle, we feel that this wine is now exhibiting power, balance and a beautiful finish that you will appreciate.
Comprised of 100% estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc and aged for 21 months in 77% French New Oak, the wine has both elegance and complexity.
“Soft in texture, “harmonious filled with chocolate cherry and shows some expresso on the finish”Philippe Melka, Winemaker.