Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2013

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2013

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 86% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mixed Blacks, 1% Mourvedre

The grapes in Sonoma County “Old Vines” Zinfandel come from vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Russian River Valley, and Alexander Valley. These head-pruned and dry-farmed vines range in age from 55 to more than 100 years old, producing low yields of fruit with highly concentrated, intense flavors. The grapes are gently de-stemmed and crushed before cold-soaking for three days to extract optimal color and flavor. The fruit is then inoculated with many different yeast strains to build complexity, then fermented in separate lots using a combination of pump overs and delestage to soften tannins. Secondary malolactic fermentation occurs in French oak barrels. The wine ages in barrel for sixteen months before final blending and bottling.

90 Points

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2013 vintage
90 Points

2013 vintage
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harvest note

High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.

tasting note

A classic old vine Zinfandel, this wine pays tribute to its heritage with great structure, concentrated flavor and a long, luscious finish. Aromas of boysenberry, clove and cinnamon are followed by flavors of mixed berries, red licorice, tobacco leaf and mulling spices.

food pairing

Pair with barbecued chicken or pork, blue cheese and cheeseburgers.

technical data

GRAPES: 86% Zinfandel, 7% Petite Sirah, 6% Mixed Blacks, 1% Mourvedre
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 15.2%
AGING: 16 months in 100% French Oak barrel

points of distinction

  • A classic old vines Zinfandel—fruit comes from 50- to 100-year-old vines.
  • 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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