Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel 2012
Spicy red fruit, subtle pepper, age 3-5 more years.
Inside this bottle of 2012 Pitts Home Ranch Estate Zinfandel, one finds intense perfumed red fruit and earthy spice aromas while on the finish juicy spicy wild red fruit lingers long on the finish. The acids in 2012 are normally high for this single-vineyard allowing this vintage to be enjoyed now with your fish, chicken or pasta, but will cellar for years to come. Drink now until 2022.
After 7 years in the bottle this wine has matured heavenly. The nose greets you with dried fruit. Predominantly with dried apricot and raisin followed by aromas of dark brown sugar and molasses . Hints of dark cranberry follow. The palate is super and elegant and soft but hits you with juicy acidity. The red fruit has stayed true over the years but has ripened into a beautiful super ripe strawberry and cranberry with hints of black pepper. This wine will be best paired with fatty steak or BBQ.
The 2012 growing season brought to wine country some of the most optimum summer weather patterns in decades. A solid spring fruit set ensured the largest harvest in Sonoma County's history. The great spring conditions transitioned into near perfect summer weather with above average temperature during the day and below average at night meant there was a large temperature variance every 12 hours of approximately 45 degrees. This temeprature flux allowed for the days to ripen the sugars but the cold nights retained the natural freshness and acidity.
The grapes for our single vineyard flagship Zinfandel were multi-harvested with our crew entering the vineyard and picking only the ripe clusters, while leaving the remaining fruit to ripen to perfection. After crushed and destemmed, the fruit fermented for 12 days in very small opentop fermenters and was pressed off at 1.2 bars of pressure direct to 100% 4-6 year old mature oak barrels. After 22 full months in seasoned barrels, the wine was gently placed in tank and bottled unfiltered June 2014.