Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel 2010
Huge spice and floral red fruit aromas launch out of the glass. Light color and mouthfeel support the gobs of spicy raspberries and tart strawberries flavors. This single-vineyard Estate Zin finishes loooong and juicy. Be patient or decant for a full day.
Our 2010 single vineyard Estate Zinfandel showcases classic Pitts Home Ranch flavors. The lineage continues with dark wild raspberry and juicy black pepper that generously fills the mouth. This wine continues to please the senses long after the finish. Balanced, elegant, and delicious, enjoy this unique approach to zinfandel for 5 to 8 years.
2010 was by far the most challenging growing season in my ten years in the business, in fact most of the "old schoolers" said 2010 was the worst they had seen. Between a cold, rainy spring and downright cool summer, the clusters began to rot early on the vine. In order to dry out the inner canopy and expose what sun was available that season, most growers pulled leaves on the afternoon side of the foliage canopy. Bad mistake because on August 17th, the Russian River Valley and greater Sonoma County experienced a record heat spell with temperatures rising above 105 degrees. I literally watched 50% of my crop sunburn. Ultimately, what we did harvest was very high quality; it just wasn't that much quantity. These 20 barrels were aged for 16 months on mostly neutral, mature oak casks.