100-year-old-vine, Mokelumne River AVA Zinfandel anyone?
This delicious Zinfandel actually comes to us from a Russian River Valley producer more famous for their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. This is a separate project the winery does to produce wines that have a much faster route to market. Many years in the wine business will engender this sort of "Chateau Le Cash Flow" wisdom. Make no mistake, however, this is first class Zinfandel from a world-class winemaker.
The grapes were grown on sandy cobble in the Mokelumne River AVA of Lodi and sourced from own-rooted, head-pruned 100+ year-old vines. Native yeasts and partial whole cluster fermentation give this wine excellent complexity and structure. Its aged largely in neutral oak and the resulting fruit purity is delicious.
Medium, deep ruby in the glass. Smoke, spice, and black pepper halo robust plum, raspberry fruit and river rock. As the wines opens up, the black pepper becomes more pronounced with bourbon caramel and blackberry joining the elegant bouquet. The wine is plush yet firm on entry, super-supple and mouth-coating with ample minerality and stem tannin to carry rich red and purple fruit to long, pure finish. This wine has excellent intestinal fortitude and will age nicely over the next 5-8 years. Fantastic, sumptuous Zinfandel from the hands of a master.
Frontlining at $30/bottle, this a steal at $11+.
100% Zinfandel, 100% Single Vineyard in the Mokelumne River AVA of Lodi.
100% neautral French oak to preserve the beautiful fruit. 15% alc 400 cases available Bottled July 12th, 2021