Reserve Zinfandel 2018

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Reserve Zinfandel 2018

Region: America / California / Dry Creek Valley
Grapes: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah

The fruit for this Reserve wine is sourced from the northern end of Dry Creek Valley, a renowned Zinfandel growing region. The Zinfandel was picked in late-August when flavors were at their peak. Added to the blend was Petite Sirah picked in mid-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 pump overs during fermentation allowed for greater color extraction and the ability to control tannin levels. They then complemented this fleshy wine by aging it in 60% new oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.

92 Points

Wine Spectator

2018 vintage
92 Points

Ken's Wine

2018 vintage
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harvest note

A fairly mild growing season with few heat spikes allowed the 2018 harvest to begin right after Labor day, later than previous years. The consistent growing season and cooler temperatures allowed for slow ripening and deep flavor development resulting in exceptional quality fruit with remarkable balance and brightness.

tasting note

Crafted in a rich and full bodied style, this Zinfandel has a deep, intense color along with spicy aromas of boysenberry pie, dried cranberry and a touch of maple bar that introduce round and full flavors of dark cherry, wild blackberry and chai latte. This opulent Zinfandel is structured but elegant with finely finessed tannins.

food pairing

Excellent with goat cheese, Asian style seafood and pork.

technical data

GRAPES: 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
PH: 3.53
ACIDITY: 0.70 g/100
ABV: 15.6%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak, 60% New 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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