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Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel

A delicious Zinfandel from Paso Robles

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The tasting bar staff was professional and attentive, amidst a fairly large crowd of fellow wine tasting enthusiasts like myself!
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review by . March 02, 2010
Sum Zin, the Opolo Summit Creek Zinfandel 2007
This is my second road trip up to Paso Robles and this time I took advantage of the Far Out Wineries Passport weekend pass, which entitled me to have tasting fees waived at 17 different participating wineries, with the proceeds of the Passport Sales going directly to the Wellness Community.       This was my first visit to Opolo and frankly not sure if I will be back. My wife and tasted through several of their wines before we were introduced to this lovely Zinfandel. I …
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It was in 1999 that marked first commercial crush under the Opolo label, when Quinn and Nichols produced Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli. Quinn and Nichols have essentially taken over the viticulture and winemaking duties, not an easy task considering they both still have their “day jobs.” Quinn owns one of the largest Century 21 brokerages in the country and Nichols runs his own wireless electronics firm. Neither has been able to convince their families to move up to Paso Robles full-time, but they’re working on it!

Indeed, the name Opolo is a nod to Quinn’s Yugoslavian heritage, and is actually the name of a blended rose-style wine found on the Dalmatian Coast. However, Quinn and Nichols have no plans to actually produce that wine, so we’ll have to be content to just enjoy the name on the label.

Quinn moved to California in 1979, and continued to pursue his love of wine and winemaking. He began to source grapes from quality growers, such as Fratelli Perata in Paso Robles. “I got wonderful fruit from them, but in 1995 they said they just didn’t have any Merlot to spare, so I went out and bought some Westside vineyard property sight unseen, to assure I’d always have a source of grapes.”

Though the impetus for buying that first parcel of vineyard was having grapes for his own winemaking, Quinn has always sold the vast majority of his crop to other labels. Quinn’s...

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