Zinfandel

 2012 Old Vine Zinfandel | Dry Creek Valley

Harvest Date: September 29, 2012

Harvest pH: 3.70

Harvest TA: 5.93 g/L

Alcohol: 14.9%

Composition: 100% Zinfandel

Aging: 12 months

Barrels: 40% new French oak, 60% used

French and American Oak

Brix at Harvest: 27.9

 

Winemaking Notes:

This Zinfandel comes from a steep hillside vineyard in Dry Creek Valley with a West-facing slope.  The vines are planted in a mineral-rich, brick red soil and this complexity is showcased in the wine.

2012 was a winemaker’s dream vintage.  From budbreak to harvest, we saw ideal weather and growing conditions in Sonoma County.  The crop from 2012 was very large, but quality was so high that it was a great year to work with.  These grapes were harvested in late September by hand and meticulously sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery before being destemmed and left whole-berry to ferment.  After a long 5 day cold soak, the must was inoculated and fermented warm to allow for the development of fruity flavors.  After pressing, the wine spent one year in a mix of new and used French and American oak barrels before being put into kegs.

Tasting Notes:

Our 2012 Zinfandel starts off with an array of intense fruity characters, with raspberry, boysenberry and cherry leading the way.  The nose is rounded off with hints of spice and minerality.  On the palate, fruit again leads the way on the front palate, with hints of strawberry and blackberry jam.  The mid-palate is full and rich and well-balanced with the subtle nuances of new oak barrels.  On the finish, the lingering acidity makes this a very food friendly wine.


2013 Old Vine Zinfandel | Dry Creek Valley

Harvest Date: September 17, 2013

Harvest pH: 3.63

Harvest TA: 5.70 g/L

Alcohol: 14.9%

Composition: 100% Zinfandel

Aging: 11 months

Barrels: 50% French Oak, 50% American Oak

Brix at Harvest: 26.8

 

Winemaking Notes:

This Zinfandel comes from a steep hillside vineyard in Dry Creek Valley with a West-facing slope.  The vines are planted in a mineral-rich, brick red soil and this complexity is showcased in the wine.

2013 was another ideal growing season.  Even though we had low rainfall, the weather could not have been better for making great wine.  It was very even from budbreak all the way through to picking.  We didn’t have any heat spikes during the growing season. These grapes were harvested in mid-September by hand and meticulously sorted in the vineyard and again in the winery before being destemmed and left whole-berry to ferment.  After a long 5 day cold soak, the must was inoculated and fermented warm to allow for the development of fruity flavors.  After pressing, the wine spent one year in a mix French and American oak barrels before being put into kegs.

Tasting Notes:

2013 was a great year for Dry Creek Zinfandel and this wine is a good showcase for that.  To start, aromas of fresh baked blackberry pie, strawberry jam and fresh, ripe boysenberries are complemented by hints of floral notes and spices.  The palate is soft and supple and screams dark fruit from start to finish.  A nice acidity refreshes the palate before the next sip.