"Old Vines" Zinfandel, Sonoma County (2016)
This bright, lively wine showcases an abundance of berry flavors and aromas. Red raspberry, wild blackberry and a touch of cranberry are balanced with spicy notes of anise and cinnamon. This medium-bodied Zinfandel lingers for a long, smooth finish.
The 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 French
oak barrels. The wine ages in barrel for sixteen months before final blending and bottling.