Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2009
Hints of evergreen and dried rose petals. This wine drenches your palette with juicy red cherries, candied red fruit and black pepper aromas. The finish leaves you with dark berries and a lingering mocha finish.
This wine starts with hints of evergreen and dried rose petals and drenches your palate with juicy red cherries, candied red fruit and integrated black pepper. The finish leaves you smiling with perfume dark berries and mocha. This wine is all about the juiciness of Russian River Valley acidity. We anticipate this wine cellaring very well for 5-8 years.
The 2009 season was framed by cool weather and good development in the vineyard. The fruit gained a high concentration of flavor as well as good acidity. The heat spells were moderate, the cold troughs were shallow, and the bunches looked picture perfect falling into the bins. The season was perfectly uneventful until Monday, October 12th when the greater Sonoma County region saw nearly 4" of torrential rain! The last time Sonoma saw this much rain so early in October was in 1961! Needless to say, farmers and winemakers alike were scrambling to get as much fruit off the vine and into the fermentors as possible. Fortunately, we only had our grapes for our dessert wine left on the vine which benefits from a little mold. This was a vintage that rewards a winemaking style like Harvest Moons', as we pick our grapes earlier than others, seeking lower sugars in the grape, and ultimately, lower alcohols and more delicate, juicy flavors in our wines. Farming is a humbling experience.