Winery of the Week
1845—Jacob Rink Snyder leaves Pennsylvania and arrives at Sutter's Fort before gold is discovered. He earns the title of major as California leaves Mexico to become a U.S.A. state. However, the peaceful role of Sonoma vintner proves more attractive. He plants 72 acres of vines and the friendly, popular Major Snyder wins his first WINE medal at a San Francisco judging in 1864. He is most proud of the quality of his ZINFANDEL, and believes it has a great future.
1974—Building contractor Peter Haywood purchases the Major Snyder land and takes exceptional care in planting vines, to produce premium wine grapes for sale to local wineries. His Los Chamizal Vineyard contains ZINFANDEL.
1980—Peter and wife Anita purchased a small winery and begin producing wine from part of their grapes. Later critic James Laube would write that Haywood's Los Chamizal Vineyard Zinfandel was "among the best in Sonoma, with intense, spicy, peppery fruit flavors."
1996—The Haywood '93 Los Chamizal Estate Zin dazzles my panel. We discussed Major Snyder's prediction that the Zinfandel had a great future. They concluded that THE FUTURE IS NOW!
Just the Facts
I should mention two ladies. One is Winemaker Judy Matulich-Weitz. Since she's won some big honors at the California State Fair, I asked her for some tips. One was to go lightly on fining the reds. Leave the flavors in the wine, not in the egg whites or clay used to remove sediment. The other lady is Manager of Public Relations, Noel Mechau...CPA...Director of Marketing for another Napa winery previously...wine consultant...she can answer your questions at (707) 252-7117. Major Snyder's legacy is in some very good hands.
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