Zocker produces wines made exclusively from the white varietals of Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. The grapes are grown on the Niven family’s famed Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley on the Central Coast of California. The wines are made by veteran French winemaker Christian Roguenant, whose remarkable career has led him to make wine on five continents. This project is truly international.
The terroir of the Niven’s Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley has proven to be spot-on for growing these racy white varietals. The best comparison is to northern Austria, where exemplary Grüner Veltliner is grown and made. The area on the north bank of the Danube has water-retaining loess soils, a long growing season, and produces wines of the heftier, baroque style. At Paragon, the Pacific Ocean provides a cooling influence, soils are mostly clay loam in the blocks planted to these varietals, the growing season is arguably one of the longest in California, and the wines are looking to be of similar style as well.
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