This might be the finest vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel we have ever produced. A very cool growing season allowed for a slow, natural ripening process in the vineyard. Sugars were low but ripeness levels were excellent, hence an excellent vintage for Zinfandel. This deeply perfumed wine displays aromas of dark berries and the intrinsic briary spiciness of the old vines. On the palate, the wine is layered and succulent with bright fruit flavors reminiscent of a rich berry pie. A few more tastes reveal a complex spicy undertone which is a hallmark of Old Vine Zinfandel. These low yielding vines preserve the vibrant acidity and balanced tannins leading to a long and persistent finish.
||Dry Creek Valley
||October 2 - 12, 2011
||0.69 g/100 mL
||20 months in French, American and Hungarian oak; 28% new oak
||Average 22 days in fermenters at 86˚ F; pumped over twice daily.