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Stirm Wine Co. Cienega Valley Zinfandel Wirz Vineyard 2018

Red Wine from California, United States
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From vines planted in 1902, this is sourced from the same vineyard as his old vine riesling. In fact almost 10% of the blend is riesling. The old vines produce minuscule amounts of fruit that are concentrated with tremendous clarity. The field blend picked together and fermented in one large redwood fermenter. This is the opposite of the cloying and super fruity zinfandel that have marred the grapes rep. Juicy with savory tannins and loads of bright acidity, this is the perfect summer Zin.


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Since 2013 Ryan’s Stirm Wine Co. has been producing rieslings that are amongst the state's best. He does this by choosing extremely rugged vineyards, often with old vines that are dry farmed. Ryan, like everyone of our favorite winemakers, believes that the best wines are made in the vineyard and that is where you will usually find him.

He learned this vineyard first approach from his mentor, Justin Willett of Tyler Winery, where he worked for many years, as well as while working harvests abroad in Margaret River, Western Australia and in Austria's Wachau, with Weingut Tegernseerhof. It was there that he was bitten by the Riesling bug.

But it turns out that Riesling is a practical choice as well. It's drought-tolerant, buds late, has good heat tolerance, ripens late, has very high acidity, and has stylistic variation that few varieties can match. This allows him to produce wine as natural as possible with no synthetic chemicals in the vineyards and little intervention in the winery.

Some cuvées receive a tiny addition of sulfur. Ryan’s Rieslings are bright, fresh, complex and filled with mouthwatering acidity; hallmarks of the variety. Even when rich and unctuous, each cuvée floats on a lightning streak of mineral acidity. And while his winery is Riesling centric they make a handful of red wines that share that same vibrance. Even his Zinfandel is light and fresh with fruit that bounces on the palette.

We first encountered Ryan’s wines around the same time that he founded his winery. We've had the pleasure of watching his wines evolve. It was clear from this very first vintage that we were dealing with someone of unique talent with the potential to produce phenomenal wines. Over the last couple of vintages it’s become abundantly clear that this potential has been realized. He has helped usher the new age of California riesling and we can't wait to see what he does next.


  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Vintage


  • Size


  • Farming Practice


  • Style

    Floral , Fruity , Minerally

  • Sweetness


  • Body

    Light Bodied