The Fableist, The Scorpion and The Frog, Zinfandel, California 2016
One day, a scorpion happens upon a river and needs to cross, so he asks a frog who is sitting nearby to carry him across. The frog declines, pointing out that the scorpion is poisonous, and will kill the frog. The scorpion counters that he would be crazy to harm the frog, because if the scorpion stings the frog while crossing, both will perish.
The frog buys in, allowing the scorpion onto its back, and swims across the river. Only when they reach the middle of the river, the scorpion stings the frog. Shocked and dying, the frog declares “Why? You’ve killed us both!” To which the now drowning scorpion retorts: “Because I’m a scorpion.” And they both die.
Moral: One’s nature cannot be changed.
Winemakers Curt Schalchlin (Groundwork, Sans Liege) and Andrew Jones (Field Recordings, Fiction, Wonderwall) also believe that one’s nature does not change. Together, they produce The Fableist, a collaboration that gives special attention to the craft and story behind each wine.
So it goes with Zinfandel, the quintessential American grape that doesn’t change and pretty much delivers the goods when made right. Curt and Andrew have delivered another winner here. This is top notch, 100% Zinfandel from the AVAs of Santa Barbara Highlands, Rancho Arroyo Grande and Dry Creek. The mixture of properties gives the wine power and finesse. Great notes of cinnamon and dark cherry on the nose followed by flavors of plum and black tea. If you like Zinfandel, you’ll love this wine. If you haven’t found the right Zin yet, now you have. 14.4% alc. Only 350 cases produced.
*Discounts 10% on orders of 12 bottles or more.