For more than a decade, Artezin’s winemaker Randle Johnson has handcrafted Zinfandel that emphasizes pure varietal character.
Every bottle highlights the inherent uniqueness of the wine’s terroir in the rugged North Coast, with a focus on Mendocino. Mendocino has wonderful microclimates; it is warm during the day and cool in the evening. That, coupled with its well-drained soil, makes for great growing conditions of varietally expressive zinfandel. Among the towering redwood trees, many small vineyards are scattered throughout this region and have been passed down generation to generation. Johnson hand selects Mendocino Zinfandel vineyards looking for dedicated farmers who are meticulous, detailed, winegrowers.
Russian River Valley
The headwaters of the Russian River Valley, home to Collins Vineyard, usher in a morning fog that is followed by afternoon sun. By evening the valley cools again. This unique weather cycle creates a slow ripening period on the vine. The long hang times allow the grapes here achieve an ideal ripeness, creating a claret-like Zinfandel.
Dry Creek Valley
The Dry Creek Valley creates a Zinfandel like no other – aromas of dark berries and fruit lead to a velvety texture with just the right amount of spice. Sweltering temperatures and old vines make a perfect combination. As our winemaker Randle Johnson says, Dry Creek is “hallowed ground.”
Considered one of the premier wine growing regions, Napa Valley has a Mediterranean-like climate and rich soil of volcanic origin. The result: structured, well-balanced and supple wines as seen in our Heitz Ranch Charbono.