LODI OLD VINES ZINFANDEL SONOMA COUNTY RESERVE

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Tasting Notes

A harmonious expression of dark fruits and subtle nuances from 12 months of French and American oak aging. Deep red in color with a great mouth feel, our Reserve Zinfandel exudes aromas of tobacco, cola, plum and clove. Wild raspberry, plum, cherry and molasses flavors are complemented by white pepper, anise and clove flavors on the spicy lingering finish.

Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Russian River Valley, Sonoma Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Alexander Valley
Vines: 20 to 75-year old vines
Aging: 12 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels
Alcohol: 14.6%
Price: $24.99/750 ml bottle
Cases Produced: 1,203

2014 Vintage

The 2014 growing season was as close to ideal as a grape grower or winemaker could hope for. Perfect weather conditions early in the year fostered a timely spring bud-break, steady flowering and even fruit set. The summer followed with a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool, foggy nights, allowing grapes to ripen slowly and steadily. Our Zinfandel grapes, sourced from several Old Vine Zinfandel vineyards in some of the best appellation in Sonoma County (Russian River Valley, Sonoma, Valley, Alexander valley and Dry Creek Valley) for our Reserve Zinfandel and Lodi for our Original Zinfandel were hand-picked over a period of several weeks as each vineyard and block ripened to optimal maturity.

Winemaking

Hand picked and de-stemmed in the cool, early morning hours to preserve freshness and acidity, our Reserve Zinfandel grapes were gently whole cluster pressed and fermented with pump overs three times daily. Extended maceration and Malolactic fermentation enhanced color, structure and mouthfeel. 12 months of aging in small new and seasoned French and American oak barrels imparts subtle notes of clove and spice to this special wine.