This sophisticated wine offers a complex palate, harmonizing a delightful interplay of flavors and textures. The spectacular experience is marked by rich vanilla bean and compote notes, while a luxurious, textural mouthfeel leaves a lasting imprint. Chocolatey tannins contribute a depth similar to espresso, complemented by bright fruit flavors of pomegranate and goji berry that infuse a refreshing quality. Suede leather undertones add a touch of refinement to the overall profile. Despite the bold flavors and opulent textures, the wine concludes with a clean, refreshing finish that defies the initial aroma’s intensity. Tres Viejos is a versatile companion, pairing seamlessly with various foods or standing alone as a special indulgence.
The 2021 growing season saw near-perfect growing conditions. With minimal winter rain, the vines were awakened with ideal moderate springtime temperatures, eliminating any frost threat to the developing buds. At most sites, fruit set was during the optimal timeframe due to warm, consistent conditions. Veraison occurred 7-10 days earlier than in previous years due to the temperate weather and minimal rain. Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights throughout the summer months, with a few of the regular short-lived heat spikes, allowing for excellent flavor development. The year saw an early harvest, with 90% of the region’s grapes being picked before the late Fall.
Translated literally, tres viejos 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 distinctively, noteworthy vines. The Russian River Valley fruit (53%) has bright, fresh acidity. The Zinfandel from Alexander Valley (33%) is fresh yet concentrated with wild berry flavors. The Sonoma Valley fruit (14%) is both dark and intensely flavored. All vines are over 60 years old and are expressive of their distinct 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 aging in French oak barrels, 40% new, this proprietary blend is finalized with a small addition of Petite Sirah, reflecting the very best of the vintage.