93 Pts | Wine Enthusiast
92 Pts | Wine Spectator
Gold | San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
This Old Vines Zinfandel unfolds with a long, spicy finish. Exhibiting a complex and inviting nose, it showcases herbaceous tones intertwined with ripe red and black fruits like raspberry, blackberry, and cherry. A subtle minerality adds depth to its refreshing berry bouquet. On the palate, notes of jammy dark plum give way to hints of anise, currant, and compote, culminating in a satisfying finish with nuances of maple and sarsaparilla.
We began our 2020 harvest on August 21. After a growing season that started in winter with record rainfall, the year ended with warm, even temperatures throughout spring and into summer. With few spikes in heat over the growing period, our vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set. The warm summer allowed for consistent, even ripening. We picked the majority of our fruit in September, and the weather continued to cooperate. Warm breezy days, but fortunately, no rain took place in October, and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
This small production wine starts with grapes just a short walk south of Healdsburg, near the banks of the Russian River. This select 2-acre block of heritage Zinfandel vines consisting of two main blocks, a 50-year-old ‘Trellised’ block and a 100-year-old ‘Head-Pruned’ block that produces small yields of exceptional fruit bursting with ripe, concentrated flavor. The blend of this 2020 vintage is made up of 75% from the older head-pruned block and 25% from the trellised block.
All grapes are hand-picked, hand-sorted, and undergo a five-day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. After primary fermentation, the wine is pumped into French oak barrels, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation during its elevage before bottling.