Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel

Region: America / California / Sonoma County

There are strict criteria in the vineyard for fruit to qualify as old vines Zinfandel. The vines must be at least 50 years old (many are as old as 100) and they must be dry farmed and head trained without the benefit of trellising. These ancient, head-pruned vines tend to produce small quantities of exceptionally concentrated fruit. The grapes are handpicked, crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. After pressing, the wine is pumped into French and American oak barrels for aging, with additional bottle aging before release.

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2013 vintage
90 Points

2013 vintage
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tasting note

Deep aromas and flavors of ripe black cherries are laced with spice and toasted oak notes in this full-bodied wine of velvet tannins and a long finish.

food pairing

Pair with barbecue, blue cheese and cheeseburgers.

points of distinction

  • A classic old vines Zinfandel—fruit comes from 50- to 100-year-old vines
  • Matured for 12 to 15 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor
  • Excellent with barbecue
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“With its classic combination of ripe fruit and spice, this wine is a tribute to old vine Zinfandel.”

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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