September 2020 Release
2018 Evangleho Vineyard Red Blend, Contra Costa County
Not too far from Antioch's San Joaquin River, nestled between a 7-11 and PG&E plant, lies one of the world's most precious vineyards. The Evangelho Vineyard isn't just any old-vine vineyard, it's sacred ground, home to 140-year-old Carignane and Mataro.
Named after Frank Evangelho, the vineyard is one of the last heritage sites in California. Twelve years ago, when the city frivolously seized several of Frank's acres (claiming eminent domain for a project they never finished) Mr. Evangelho became an evangelist. "They just don't get it," Frank explained to us, "this is our state's history." He's right, you know. The vines should be national landmarks—an example of unique varieties prospering in the rarest of elements. This vineyard has a cult-like following, rightfully so.
The 2018 Evangelho Vineyard blend combines Carignane and Mataro into a wine that produces deep, lush aromas of pine, boysenberry, clove, and nutmeg. Currant, cherry, cranberry, and tart blueberry intermingling on the palate with a fresh tannic structure and smooth finish.
2018 Black Sears Zinfandel, Howell Mountain
The Black Sears Vineyard has become legendary to fans of T-Vine and Zinfandel. Perched at just around 2,400 feet of elevation on Howell Mountain, just east of our tasting room, it’s as close to heaven as any vineyard we've seen before. Rich volcanic soils, cool Pacific breezes, and craggy old vines dating back almost 50 years made this vineyard the place to grow hardy Zinfandel.
After the 2018 harvest, the Black Sears family decided to replace our Zinfandel block with Cabernet grapes making this 2018 bottling our very last vintage of Black Sears Zinfandel. It's fitting that we go out with a bang and the best vintage to date.
With baking spice and brambleberry pie on the nose, you will be brought right back to memories of your very first taste of Zinfandel. Opulent and rich across the palate, enjoy a red fruit-forward mouthfeel, that coats the palate with velvety flavors of ripe blackberry, raspberry, vanilla, and those savory baking spices like cinnamon and cardamom. A delightful expression of true Napa Zin.
2019 Primitivo, Amador County, Fourth Generation Exclusive
Primitivo, the Italian sibling of Zinfandel, translates roughly as "early one," which refers to its early ripening nature. Typically, these wines are quite robust with intense flavor and inky color. In true T-Vine fashion, we put a unique spin on the "typical" and produced a wine that highlights the special nuances of the Primitivo grape and uncovers veiled flavors.
With a nose of new leather, maraschino cherry, young plum, and, red beet, pouring a glass feels like stepping into a time machine back to the Italian countryside. And that's just the beginning of this wine's intrigue.
Delight in delicious flavors of pomegranate, cranberry and tart plum along the palate. Take time to let the wine linger as you'll be pleased with its pleasant acidity, medium tannin, and long finish.