Collier Falls Vineyards
Collier Falls Vineyards is planted with Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot. These hillside vines are planted in unfertile, rocky soil, and produce remarkably concentrated, flavorful grapes.
Collier Falls takes an artisan, handcrafted approach to their winemaking. Grapes are carefully picked and sorted with minimal handling. The winery’s current releases include Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend.
The 2004 Hillside Estate Petite Sirah has blueberry aromas with spicy fruit flavors. This wine was fermented in small, open containers, allowing the cap to be punched down by hand. It was aged in a combination of French and American oak for 15 months before bottling. Only 100 cases were produced.
The 2002 Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon was blended with just a touch of Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot. This gives the wine floral aromatics and a bit more color. It was aged in 100% French oak for 22 months.
The winery’s 2003 Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is a blend of 93% Zinfandel and 7% Primitivo. Originally from the Puglia region of Southern Italy, Primitivo is genetically similar to Zin and has an upfront flavor profile. Like the 2004 Petite Sirah, this wine was aged in French and American oak for 15 months. 1,500 cases were made.