GOLD, Orange County Fair; SILVER, San Francisco Chronicle & Calaveras County Fair
This is the oldest vineyard in Calaveras county, at almost 120 years old. No relation to the chocolate family, 5 generations of the Ghirardellis have owned and tended this vineyard. A great Zin that is layered with complexities, this wine can be sipped alone or paired with many meals. It's fruit forward with lots of berry and nice soft tannins. The 2012 vintage is tasting great right now, but also has the right stuff to age beautifully over the next 5-10 years.