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Zinfandel Signature 2020

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Zinfandel Signature 2020
Zinfandel Signature 2020
Tasting notes

Our supple and full-bodied Zinfandel consistantly displays intense raspberry, black pepper, and spice aromas along with flavors which make it  classic El Dorado Zinfandel. Warm days and cool nights allow our grapes to slowly reach optimum maturity while maintaining excellent natural acidity. This, combined with minimal irrigation, results in a balanced wine rich with varietal character.

AppellationEl Dorado
VineyardEstate Vineyards
FermentationA blend of open top and closed top lots, fermenting an average of 12 days on the skins
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/24/2022
Cases Produced177 cases

A blend of Zinfandels from our Enye Vineyards in Pleasant Valley and our Estate Vineyards in Camino, the emphasis is definitely on high-elevation fruit. At 2,850 feet, the Enye Vineyards was planted in 1994 and 1995 on a gentle south-facing slope meandering into a slight swale. Warm, not hot, days and cool nights make this block of Zinfandel one of the last vineyards to harvest each year, allowing for very long hangtime. Uniquely trellised on a 6-wire vertical shoot-positioned (VSP) system with a mixture of three distinct old clones (Hendry, Boeger and Mazzoni), this vineyard produces fruit complex with dark berry characters and hints of spice. 

In contrast, the Estate Vineyards at the 3,000-foot elevation is planted on a moderate slope facing due west. With cool nights and plenty of afternoon sunlight, the site seems uniquely suited for the own-rooted, UC Davis clone of Zinfandel. We take great care with leaf, shoot and crop removal to balance the California sprawl trellising system. Planted in 1973, these vines are in their prime, always producing grapes intense with blackberry and clove characters. 

Paul Bush, Owner/Winemaker

Madroña Vineyards

Camino, California. 


We are a family-owned and operated winery focusing on terroir-driven, Estate-Grown fruit.

Annual Case Production:  12,000 cases

Planted Acres:  70 acres planted at the 2,850 to 3,000 foot elevation.

Career Background:  Having helped plant the family vineyards as a kid in 1973, I grew up working in our winery what seemed like every day after school. I had no intention of “winding up” in the wine industry and graduated from U.C. Davis in 1989 with a degree in Economics. However, with an interest in traveling abroad, our winery offered a flexible schedule and an opportunity to work with inspiring winemakers such as Mark Foster and Hugh Chappelle. I began managing the vineyards and business in 1991 and making the wines in late 2002.

Biggest Professional Challenge: Balance! Working with my wife, Maggie, we find our greatest challenge is how to be business owners with all of its responsibilities while making the wines, growing the grapes, marketing the brand and raising two daughters. Any given day can be filled with dusting the vineyards at daybreak, acid trials before lunch, working in the tasting room in the afternoon—and then throw in a swim meet or school play for spice.  Undoubtedly, every small, family winery tackles the same aspect of wearing so many hats, but the challenge and excitement is unique to each one.

Varietals that Madroña is Known for:  In total, we grow 27 varieties in our El Dorado vineyards. From within these plantings, however, I believe that Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel, Riesling and the seven Portuguese varieties (for our New-World Port) are consistently outstanding.

Short Testimonial: I truly can’t imagine doing anything else but growing grapes and enjoying  wine. I believe the terroir of our region is unique with overall cool-climate aspects, peppered with warm summer days and a slightly shorter growing season. So finding the true expression of each variety for our vineyards ends up being an exciting and challenging adventure every vintage. The wines have more backbone and structure than most regions of California while showcasing the intense varietal character of mountain fruit. Most often, I find that the wine knows best in how it should be “made,” and I’m just along for the ride. As we once heard in France, “One does not make wine. One elaborates wine!” And with our Estate-grown grapes, I am quite content to be the “elaborator.”

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