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 40% new oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.

95 Points
Jeb Dunnuck
2015 vintage
94 Points
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Harvest Note
The 2019 harvest began before dawn on August 30 after a growing season that started with record rainfall during winter and ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the season, the vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set and the temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent, even ripening. The majority of the fruit was picked in September and the weather continued to cooperate as the days shortened. Warm breezy days, but no rain, took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month. The 2019 season was generally cool which prolonged ripening resulting in strong quality wines.
Tasting Note
Flavors of juicy dark cherry, fresh boysenberry and blackberry pie followed by deep notes of black tea, baking chocolate and spice.
Food Pairing
Pairs well with goat cheese, Asian style seafood and pork.
Technical Data
GRAPES: 85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley
ABV: 15%
AGING: 20 Months, 100% French Oak, 40% New Oak
Unique Selling Points
  • Aged in 60% new French oak barrels, for 20 months

About the Grape

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