Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel is a single vineyard red wine made in the Mendocino County. The Mendocino County wine-growing region is part of the larger North Coast AVA (American Viticultural Area) and is known for its Mediterranean climate. It is one of the northernmost commercial wine growing regions in California.
The origins of Edmeades wines lie with cardiologist Dr Donald Edmeades who planted 11 acres of grapes in the hamlet of Philo, Anderson Valley in 1963. His son Deron later founded the Edmeades winery launching the Edmeades brand in 1972. They they soon gained a reputation for producing fantastic single site and single vineyard mountain Zinfandels. In 1988 Edmeades was purchased by Jess Jackson and and became one of the very first wineries to join the Jackson Family Wines portfolio. The current winemaker, since 2012, is Ben Salazar who has previously made wine at Carmel Road and La Crema.
Edmeades buys grapes from various wine growers. Mike Prescott planted the Shamrock Vineyard in 2001 for its owner, Dr. Donald Williams. At 2,800 feet, Shamrock Vineyard is one of the highest elevation vineyard sites in Mendocino County, on the northern border of Humboldt County. The vineyard sits on a small 2.1-acre site perched high above the fog line. The height and the threat of frosts make this a tricky location to bring the grapes to full ripeness. However the vineyard’s sunny southwest exposure that makes the difference, steadily bringing the fruit to maturity with a powerhouse of intense, round flavors.
The grapes for Edmeades Shamrock Vineyard Zinfandel are fermented using only native yeasts in small, open top bins with manual punching down and minimal wine-making intervention. The wine is aged for around 15 months in French and American oak, about 50/50, 15% of which is new. The wine is normally comprised of around 85% Zinfandel and 15% Syrah.