Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2014
/ Sonoma County
Grapes: 83% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Mixed Blacks, 1% Primitivo
The grapes in our 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 16 months before final blending and bottling.
Ken's Wine Guide.com2014 vintage
Wine Advocate2014 vintage
Warm sunny days throughout the spring and summer months set the stage for a spectacular harvest in September 2014. The lack of rain meant that harvest began a little earlier than normal and was short in length, finishing up by the end of October. The temperate days leading up to harvest produced good yields of high quality fruit with concentrated flavors, complex aromatics and excellent structure.
This rich, medium-bodied“Old Vines” Zinfandel reveals abundant aromas of dark red berries, cherry compote and warm spice. Lingering, bright flavors follow, with notes of boysenberry pie, fresh cranberry and a touch of white pepper. The finish is long, smooth and a little spicy.
An excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.
GRAPES: 83% Zinfandel, 11% Petite Sirah, 5% Mixed Blacks, 1% Primitivo
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
AGING: 16 months in 100% French Oak barrels
points of distinction
- A rich, full bodied Zinfandel
- Matured for 16 months in oak barrels for a complex flavor.
vineyard details +
Sonoma County extends over 60,000 acres of vineyards and includes 15 unique AVAs, including Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley, Bennett Valley, Carneros, Chalk Hill, Dry Creek Valley, Green Valley, Knights Valley, Rockpile and Russian River Valley. More than 50 grape varieties are planted in vineyards owned by over 750 growers and 260 wineries. Maritime-influenced conditions make this area notably cooler than Napa, further inland, and a multitude of beneficial soil types make Sonoma County a prime area for high quality wine growing.
about the grape +
Zinfandel shows ripe, sweet aromas and flavors of black fruits (plums, raisins, dates), with pepper, spice and chocolate notes.
– Katie Madigan, Winemaker
“With its classic combination of ripe fruit and spice, this wine is a tribute to old vine Zinfandel.”
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