The Paso Robles appellation of San Luis Obispo County provides an ideal climate for growing Zinfandel. A dry climate with warm days allows for complete maturation of the grapes and creates ripe fruit flavors. The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates very cool nights, which preserve the natural balance of acidity in the grapes. Maddalena Zinfandel shows flavors of ripe red fruit, including bright raspberry and spicy black plum. Barrel-aging contributes notes of cocoa and oak spice. The mouth is round with a rich, silky texture that is framed by soft tannins.