Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2018

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards

Sonoma County Old Vines Zinfandel 2018

Region: America / California / Sonoma County
Grapes: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah

The grapes in our Sonoma County “Old Vines” Zinfandel come from vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley, Alexander Valley and Russian River 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.

98 Points

International Women's Wine Competition

2018 vintage
91 Points

Wine Spectator

2018 vintage
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harvest note

A fairly mild spring and summer 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

A vibrant blend of old vine fruit, this aromatic wine offers layers and layers of rich, fruit flavors and spice. Juicy raspberry, blackberry preserves, and a touch of dried cranberry are balanced with spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper that merge with a lengthy finish.

food pairing

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

technical data

GRAPES: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
PH: 3.64
ACIDITY: 0.65 g/100
ABV: 15.2%
AGING: 16 Months, 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
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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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