Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2015

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2015

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 82% Zinfandel, 12% 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. Planted 50 to more than 100 years ago, many of these historic vines are planted on St. George rootstock and are head-pruned and dry-farmed, producing low yields of fruit with highly concentrated, intense flavors and aromas. 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.

Zinfandel Producer of the Year

California Zinfandel Championship

2015 vintage
Zinfandel Producer of the Year

California Zinfandel Championship

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

This is a rich and balanced Zinfandel with warm baking spices on the nose and and flavors of raspberry pie, red licorice and sweet tobacco. The finish is long and smooth with a touch of spice.

food pairing

An excellent companion to aged blue cheese, braised or grilled beef, and roast pork with fruit.

technical data

GRAPES: 82% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah, 5% Mixed Blacks, 1% Primitivo
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 15.4%
AGING: 16 months in 100% French Oak barrels

points of distinction

  • A classic old vines Zinfandel—fruit comes from 50- to 100-year-old vines
  • Matured for 16 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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