Reserve Zinfandel 2017

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Zinfandel 2017

Region: America / California / Dry Creek Valley
Grapes: 83% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah

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.

91 Points

Wine Spectator

2017 vintage
90 Points

Wine Advocate

2017 vintage
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harvest note

The 2017 growing season started out wet with record-breaking rainfall refreshing the vineyards after several dry years. The mild spring led to timely bud break and good fruit set, followed by ideal conditions of cool mornings and warm, sunny days throughout the summer months. The first grapes of the season were “blessed” on August 25, officially beginning the St. Francis harvest. A few days of intense heat at the beginning of September sped up ripening throughout the region. Well-timed picks throughout the month meant the majority of fruit was in by the first week of October. Beautiful color, well-defined aromatics and outstanding flavor are all evident in this year’s vintage.

tasting note

Crafted in a full bodied and elegant style, this Zinfandel has a deep, intense color along with spicy aromas of cherry galette, clove, ground espresso bean and a touch of lavender that precede mouth-filling flavors of dark chocolate, wild blackberry and dried cranberry. Rich and 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: 83% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
PH: 3.48
ABV: 15.4%
AGING: 21 months, 100% French oak

points of distinction

  • Aged in 100% French oak barrels
  • 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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