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||Bold Red Wine
||October 12, 2005
||25.0 brix average at harvest
||15 months in barrel
||February 21, 2007
Classic Zinfandel aromas of Strawberry, Blackberry, and Spice. A pleasing acid structure and tannin level provide a soft, yet persistent and lingering finish. This is a wine that should really be consumed young to enjoy the full life and energy of the fruit.
SILVER Medal - 2007 California State Fair,
Our Zinfandel block is perched on a knoll over looking the Russian River Valley as she slowly meanders through the country town of Healdsburg. Head pruned vines grown from the now historic St. George rootstock and using the grafted bud wood from ancient 110 year old vines from the adjacent vineyard. This particular block consists of well-drained Hugo Clough Gravely Loam soils.
We allow the grapes to cold soak for several days and then fermented the fruit utilizing a sub-merged cap system with daily pump-overs. After fermentation is completed, the wine is transferred to a combination of French and Central European oak barrels (50% new and 50% neutral) and allowed to age for 15 months. We blend a small amount of Petite Sirah to add color and structure. The result of all this diversity gives us a wine of immense depth of fruit and complexity.
2005 was characterized as a long, moderate season which allowed for even ripening of fruit throughout spring and summer. The moderate temperatures allowed for extended hang time as we weren’t battling any heat spells and the resulting surge of Brix that can forces an early harvest before full flavors are achieved.