Reserve Zinfandel 2015

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Zinfandel 2015

Region: America / California / Dry Creek Valley
Grapes: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah

This Reserve wine is a combination of both valley floor and hillside fruit from the northern end of Dry Creek Valley, a renowned Zinfandel growing region. After a warm, dry summer, the Zinfandel was picked in mid-August when flavors were at their peak. Added to the blend was Petite Sirah picked in mid-September. Its thick skins and hefty tannins add color and texture to the wine while also contributing balance and length. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent an extended cold-soak for five days. Infrequent pumpovers during fermentation allowed for greater color extraction and the ability to control tannin levels. We then complemented this fleshy wine by ageing it in 60% new French oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.

90 Points

Wine Enthusiast

2015 vintage
92 Points

USA Wine Ratings

2015 vintage
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harvest note

2015 brought an early and light harvest that began on August 10, the earliest date in St. Francis’ history. The year started out very warm and dry but then cool, damp weather in May hampered fruit set. Though the result was smaller, looser clusters on the vine, the warm and consistent summer that followed produced high quality fruit with exceptional aromatics and concentrated flavors.

tasting note

Weighty yet elegant this Zinfandel has a deep, rich color and spicy aromas of clove, vanilla and cherry galette that precede mouth-filling flavors of dark, crushed berries, melted chocolate and baking spices. Velvety in texture, this is an opulent Zin with a long finish.

food pairing

Excellent with goat cheese, Asian style seafood and pork

technical data

GRAPES: 90% Zinfandel, 10% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
PH: 3.59
ACIDITY: 0.58 g/l
ABV: 15.6%
AGING: 20 Months, 60% French Oak

points of distinction

  • Aged in 60% new French oak barrels, for 20 months
  • about the grape +
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“Dry Creek Valley has a grape-growing history that covers well over a century of time. Much of the Zinfandel grown here is truly “Old Vine”. Reserve Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel is reflective of how this varietal is grown in the warm, temperate climate of the region. Dark black licorice notes and boysenberry overtones compliment a velvety mid-palate with a nice spicy structure.”

– Katie Madigan, Winemaker

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