Grape(s): 81% Zinfandel, 6% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 2% Mourvèdre, 2% Barbera, and 2% Cabernet Sauvignon
Localization: Paso Robles and Lodi, California, USA
Tasting Notes: Rambly fruits of blackberry, boysenberry, and blueberry; tasting somewhere in-between pie filling and preserves, the homemade preserves with a little fresh vanilla bean added in. Nary a tannin to be found in this fruit bomb. Smooth and easy.
Notes: Paydirt personifies the art of discovery, the act of “Going for Broke”, and the idea that risking it all brings about the greatest reward. Grown and cultivated by the most trusted growers in California, Paydirt is the ultimate red wine blend from deeply rooted heritage vines in the oldest dirt we can find.
The Domain: Located on Highway 46, just west of Highway 101, The J. Dusi Estate Vineyard and Winery is the veritable gateway to the Willow Creek District and the west side of Paso Robles. This vineyard enjoys a geographically desirable balance between the cooler, Pacific Ocean-influenced vineyards and the robust growing conditions of Paso Robles East. Planted in 2014 to the Dusi Clone of Zinfandel, the block is relatively small at only 2 acres, but aggressively spaced at 6x5 feet. It is a prolific producer of both quality and quantity, and a fitting vineyard block to carry the Dusi name.
Jim Lewis is directly responsible for 20 acres of impeccably farmed Primitivo in Victor, California. This is located in the historic growing region of the Mokelumne River AVA in Lodi, where deeply-rooted, sandy riverbed soils have fertilized this grape growing hot spot since well before the California Gold Rush. The evenly-manicured canopy provides plenty of cover for the small and densely-clustered berries to ripen evenly throughout the relatively long growing season—while most old vine zinfandel sites in this area harvest in late August to mid-September, Jim Lewis attains perfect ripeness by mid-October every year.