Appellation: Paso Robles
Color/Style: Red, Full Bodied
Primitivo is an Italian selection of Zinfandel and produces excellent wines when grown in a warm region such as the San Miguel District of Paso Robles. Both the Double Black Vineyard Primitivo and Blind Faith Vineyard Petite Sirah are organically farmed.
The countryside around Double Black Vineyard looks a lot like Tuscany, rolling hills, lots of vineyards and the climate is similar, Mediterranean with warm summer days and cool evenings. This site is 23 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, 700 feet above sea level and consists of well drained, fine sandy loam soils.
89% Zinfandel (Primitivo clone) from the Double Black Vineyard and (11% Petite Sirah from the Blind Faith vineyard. 100% de-stemmed into 5-ton temperature controlled stainless steel tank, 14 day cuvaison/skin contact. Aged in 1-4 year old French oak barrels for 17 months. 14.5%. Alcohol, 5.4g/L Total Acidity, 3.65 pH. 190cs produced.
Stephen and Paula Dooley started Flying Cloud in 2003 after recognizing an opportunity to create approachable and food-friendly wines. The new label meant Dooley could focus on Bordeaux varieties from nearby Paso Robles, Sauvignon Blanc from Edna Valley, and work with varieties not included in the Stephen Ross Wine Cellarsbrand. He has been able to develop the stellar Flying Cloud Wines while keeping them at a value-driven price.