The Z-52 Team
Winemaker Philip Zorn's Old World training and New World experience ideally complement the production of Zinfandel. The American-born Zorn was raised in Germany and attended the nation's top school of enology before working for noted producer Weingut Pieroth. Upon returning to the U.S. in the mid-eighties, he distinguished himself as winemaker for a number of California wineries, including Sunny St. Helena, Gauer Estate, Paraiso Springs and Tria. Through this process Zorn developed a keen understanding of winemaking in California, as well as a love of California's premier wine, Zinfandel. It was this love that would eventually lead him to conceive Z-52 with fellow Zinfandel aficionado Brent Shortridge. Shortridge began his career in wine working with legendary winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff at Buena Vista. He left the winery lab to get into marketing and eventually became vice president of marketing for Buena Vista. He is active in a number of industry associations, including the Zinfandel Advocates and Producers (ZAP). Z-52's first wines, the 2001 Agnes' Vineyard Zinfandel and the 2000 Clockspring Vineyard Zinfandel, made their debut at ZAP in 2004.