93 Points | Jeb Dunnuck | June 2018
90 Points | Wine Enthusiest | September 2018
90 Points | The Wine Advocate | August 2018
90 Points | Wine Spectator | April 2018
True to its old vine heritage this Zinfandel is full-bodied and richly colored with deep flavors and aromas of dark red and blackberries along with some roasted coffee bean and earthy spice. Concentrated yet balanced this wine ends with a long and luscious finish.
2015 brought an early and light harvest that began on August 10, the earliest date in St. Francis’ history. The year started out very warm and dry but then cool, damp weather in May hampered fruit set. Though the result was smaller, looser clusters on the vine, the warm and consistent summer that followed produced high-quality fruit with exceptional aromatics and concentrated flavors.
Translated literally, Tres Viejo means “three old men.” At St. Francis, we use it to describe some of our exceptionally old, head-trained Zinfandel vines. Each year Winemaker Katie Madigan chooses fruit from three distinct regions across Sonoma County for a special blend in honor of these distinctive vines. The Zinfandel from Alexander Valley is intense and concentrated with wild berry flavors. The Russian River Valley fruit has bright, fresh acidity. The Sonoma Valley fruit is both dark and intensely flavored. All vines are over 80 years old and are expressive of their growing regions.
Winemaker Katie Madigan ferments each lot independently in order to allow their unique characteristics to shine. She wants this wine to showcase the heritage of Sonoma County Zinfandel. After 16 months of barrel aging, this proprietary blend is finalized, reflecting the best of the vintage.