Old Vines Zinfandel, Tres Viejos, Sonoma County (2017)
The 2017 "Tres Viejos" is an Old Vines Zinfandel in a class of its own. The wine leads with a deep, opulent nose of cassis-braised plum accented with hints of toasted cedar and nuances of spring herbs. The first sip introduces a boundless note of ripe berry and vanilla to the palate. The body maintains a lush texture through the middle as its spicier components sparkle in the bright acidity and silky tannins found in its polished satin-like finish. Although drinking beautifully upon release this Zinfandel shows promise for 2 to 3 years of cellar aging.
The 2017 growing season started out wet with record-breaking rainfall refreshing our vineyards over several dry years. the mild spring led to timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by ideal conditions of cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. Our first grapes of the season were “blessed” on August 25, officially beginning the St. Francis harvest. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks throughout the month meant the majority of fruit was in by the first week of October. Beautiful color, well-defined aromatics and outstanding flavor are all evident in this year’s vintage.
Translated literally, tres viejos means “three old men.” At St. Francis, we use it to describe some of our exceptionally old, head-trained Zinfandel vines. Each year Winemaker Katie Madigan chooses fruit from three distinct regions across Sonoma County for a special blend in honor of these distinctive vines. The Russian River Valley fruit has bright, fresh acidity. The Sonoma Valley fruit is both dark and intensely flavored. The Zinfandel from Alexander Valley is intense and concentrated with wild berry flavors. All vines are over 60 years old, and are expressive of their growing regions.
Winemaker Katie Madigan ferments each lot independently in order to allow their unique characteristics to shine. She wants this wine to showcase the heritage of Sonoma County Zinfandel. After 16 months of aging in French oak barrels, 40% new, this proprietary blend is finalized, reflecting the best of the vintage.
|Wine Style||Bold Red Wine|
|Varietal Composition||93% Zinfandel 5% Petite Sirah 2% Syrah|
|Barrel Aging||18 Months 40% New French Oak|
|Bottling Date||April 2019|