There are strict criteria in the vineyard for fruit to qualify as old vines Zinfandel. The vines must be at least 50 years old (many are as old as 100) and they must be dry farmed and head trained without the benefit of trellising. These ancient, head-pruned vines tend to produce small quantities of exceptionally concentrated fruit. The grapes are handpicked, crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks. After pressing, the wine is pumped into French and American oak barrels for aging, with additional bottle aging before release.

Gold Medal
Sunset International Wine Competition
2019 vintage
90 Points
Ken's Wine
2019 vintage
Harvest Note
The 2019 harvest began on August 30 after a growing season that started with record rainfall and ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few heat spikes over the season, the vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Winemakers picked the majority of the fruit in September. Warm breezy days took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
Tasting Note
Flavors of juicy raspberry, blackberry preserves, and a touch of dried cranberry with spicy notes of cinnamon and black pepper.
Food Pairing
Pair with barbecue, blue cheese and cheeseburgers.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 87% Zinfandel, 13% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ABV: 14.8%
AGING: 16 months in 100% French oak
Unique Selling Points
  • A classic old vines Zinfandel—fruit comes from 50- to 100-year-old vines
  • Matured for 16 months in oak barrels to add complex flavor
  • Excellent with barbecue

About the Grape

Zinfandel shows ripe, sweet aromas and flavors of black fruits (plums, raisins, dates), with pepper, spice and chocolate notes.
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