An American heritage grape, Zinfandel has deep roots in the California wine industry as the energy surrounding the production and consumption of this red wine varietal dates back to the 1840’s Gold Rush. The Italian varietal Primitivo and the Croatian varietal Crljenak Kastelanski are genetically identical to the American varietal Zinfandel, however California grown Zinfandel behaves with an identifiable exotic personality and results in great red wines of distinction when crafted by dedicated grape growers and winemakers.

To be clear, both low yielding century old Zinfandel vineyards and spirited younger Zinfandel vineyards are currently being ripped out across Northern California and replanted with the price fetching Cabernet Sauvignon varietal. Further distancing the consumer from meaningful examples of the varietal, many Zinfandel vineyards remaining in production tend to be picked very late in the growing season to create ultra-ripe, fruity and simple, alcoholic, and approachable wines that are destined to flood grocery stores and ‘by the glass’ wine lists across America. We encourage you to discover our brand, Leonard, which diligently avoids high ripeness levels thereby producing rare, classically structured Northern California Zinfandel wines built to age and elegantly express the nuances of their powerful vineyard sites.

Branding our strong family name, Leonard, alongside the aggressive ‘rampant lion’ signifies the dense and structured palate found on our Zinfandel wines. The round and finessed frame of the ‘rampant lion’ shares the same construct as our palate as a whole, density overlaid with grace and texture. This myriad of masculine and feminine attributes stimulates the mind beyond the wine’s succulent finish. As such our ‘rampant lion’ examines a glass of wine with discern.