Jeb Dunnuck 92
"In the same ballpark, the 2016 Zinfandel Grist Vineyard comes from a site in the Dry Creek Valley. It’s a medium-bodied, fresh, seamless beauty that has classic, exotic even, aromas of strawberries, plums, blood orange, and incense. Like the other releases here, it’s impeccably balanced, has a seamless texture, and a great finish."
Vinous Media 90
"The 2016 Zinfandel Grist shows the more exuberant side of Zinfandel off to great effect. High-toned varietal notes abound in this decidedly intense, super-expressive Zinfandel from Ehren Jordan and Day. -- Antonio Galloni"
About Grist Vineyard
Named for the old grist mill that was found on the property, Grist sits pretty at 1000 ft. elevation on Bradford Mountain in the Dry Creek Valley AVA. The site was originally planted 100 years ago, and has since been replanted in the early 1970s. Farming here is CCOF Organic.
The 58 acres under vine are head trained and cane pruned, and have spectacular views of the fog line by the Pacific Ocean. Iron-rich, red volcanic soil lead to low yields and concentrated wines. Peak temperatures in the summer time tend to be in the low to mid 80s, allowing for gentle and complete ripening without raisining.
Day is the new Zinfandel project of Ehren Jordan, the mastermind behind such amazing labels as Turley, Neyers, and Failla. When he purchased a St. Helena property back in 2004, he knew he wanted to plant grapes on the hillside that at the time contained an apple orchard. After a few years of pondering, he decided that the locale was ideal for one of his early loves in the vine world - Zinfandel. Four acres are currently planted, with the original vines hitting the dirt in 2011.
Zinfandel is, for Ehren, a return to his roots, having been the wines that established his reputation as a talented vigneron. Similar to the approach at Failla, most of the Day Zinfandel wines are sourced from Sonoma County; an area largely unexplored during Ehren's tenure at Turley.
Great sites, old vines, and gentle winemaking remain the production philosophy for Day. Ehren is more than thrilled to work with some of California's finest Zinfandel vineyards; we hope you are as pleased with the wines as we are.
A student of Art History, Ehren has long nurtured a love of modern innovation's reflection of past brilliance. This has taken shape in his devotion to organic farming, use of native yeasts, and willingness to experiment with concrete eggs and kiln-fired, terra cotta amphora to ferment his wines. For Day, the artisan approach continues with one of the oldest continually produced (and oft-maligned) grape varietals in the American wine world: Zinfandel.
Inspired by the climate and geology of Sonoma County and the statement Zinfandel has made on the region since the 1860s, Ehren has set his sights on vineyards of pedigree for the backbone of the Day lineup. Much like Pinot Noir and Gamay (both of which are stacked high in Ehren's cellar), Zinfandel is a varietal that offers clear transparency of terroir; true expression without need for undue fussing at the winery.
For Ehren, the Farm and its Farmer is where the story truly begins. Whether it's Hector Garcia who has been farming the El Diablo vineyard for over 40 years, or the harmonious relationship Ulysses Valdez has with every vineyard he touches, each site's connection to talented farmers is paramount in the creation of quality grapes.
Day is proud to offer a clear vision of how important the relationship between location, varietal, and the painstaking labor of man is to that time-honored sentiment that great wine is indeed made in the vineyard
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Ehren Jordan Wine Cellars is a new opportunity for Ehren to engage with grape varieties presently unexplored by his work under the Failla label.
Ehren's first release, DAY, allows him to revisit a passion for Zinfandel last explored – to critical acclaim – as the winemaker of Turley. Alongside his elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Ehren's DAY Zinfandel is a celebration of restraint and balance, time and place. And like Failla, DAY is largely committed to working with various vineyard-partners in Sonoma County – a region he did not frequent as winemaker at Turley. In this way, DAY is the coalescence of decades of experience and the study of once-disparate passions: Zinfandel and Sonoma
Further, with the purchase of a St. Helena apple orchard in 2004, Ehren Jordan set aside for himself a canvas for an estate Zinfandel vineyard. In 2011, these iron-rich volcanic soils saw their first plantings of Zinfandel, and today the DAY estate vineyard boasts 1,300 dry-farmed, organic vines on 4 acres.
DAY is a return to Ehren's roots – and California's, too, as he explores the history of this iconic variety and how it flourishes today.