From the Winery: "Tim Borges and Jane Portalupi, a husband and wife team started Portalupi in 2002 focusing on the expression of the Cal-Ital lifestyle. Tim started working in the wine industry when he was 18 and brings over 40 years of winemaking skills to Portalupi. After working in Napa and Sonoma county wineries as a winemaker and general manager, Jane and Tim decided it was time to start their own brand. Jane’s career was in Fashion Retail Marketing at the executive level of Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer. Together they bring just the right skill set to define Portalupi’s lifestyle and award winning wines. They have enjoyed crafting a unique portfolio of wines throughout the years that are Cal-Ital inspired.
Shake Ridge Vineyard is located in the Sierra Foothills along a ridge 1,650–1,810 feet above sea level, overlooking the town of Sutter Creek. Renowned grower, Ann Kraemer is one of the most highly respected figures in the wine world. Stylistically, a tribute to the early Zinfandel pioneers, with toasty American Oak aging, imparting a subtle, slightly creamy texture. Very smooth! Bright acidity coupled with flavors of raspberry, vanilla and black pepper. . Medium tannins lead to a round, glycerol mouthfeel. Warm and inviting, begging for a great BBQ. Enjoy now or age 3-6 years. 228 cases produce"