Reserve Zinfandel 2014

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Zinfandel 2014

Region: America / California / Dry Creek Valley
Grapes: 84% Zinfandel 16% 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-September when flavors were at their peak. Added to the blend was Dry Creek Petite Sirah picked at the end of 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. They then complemented this fleshy wine by ageing it in 60% new French oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.

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2014 vintage
93 Points

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2014 vintage
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harvest note

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.

tasting note

This beautifully balanced Zinfandel has a deep, rich color and spicy aromas of cinnamon and blackberry compote followed by bright flavors of blueberry, boysenberry and baking spices. The finish is long and lingering in this opulent wine.

food pairing

Excellent with goat cheese, Asian style seafood and pork

technical data

GRAPES: 84% Zinfandel 16% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
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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