"Old Vines" Zinfandel, Sonoma County (2011)
Awarded a Gold Medal by the 2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, thisis a classic old vine Zinfandel that pays tribute to its heritage with great structure,concentrated flavor and a long, luscious finish. Aromas of blackberry jam, clove, nutmegand salted caramel are followed by flavors of juicy wild berries, vanilla bean and a touch of freshly ground pepper.
The grapes in our Sonoma County “Old Vines” Zinfandel come from vineyards in Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. These head-pruned and dry-farmed vines range in age from 55 to more than 100 years old, producing low yields of fruit with highly concentrated, intense flavors.
The harvest in 2011 was lighter and later than normal, but fruit quality remained high. The cool growing season gave grapes plenty of time to develop complex flavors and aromas and preserved natural acids. Those attributes created wines that have great structure, balance and rich, concentrated flavors.
All grapes are gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pump overs and delestage to soften tannins. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in 100% French oak barrels.
2014 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair