Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2008
Intense candied red fruits, simmering holiday spices and earthy mouthwatering finish.
With candied red fruit and simmering holiday spice aromas, this wine bursts onto the palette with juicy, mouthwatering red stone fruit. This lighter style offers a zippy Russian River acidity that dances around happily on your tongue. The finish on this wine leaves one smiling with fresh warm berry pie and allspice cloves. We anticipate this wine cellaring very well for 5-8 years.
Between the mild finish to the season and the smoke from the Mendocino County fires, the vintage for most was at best challenging. Coming off one of the best vintages in years (2007), our 2008 Russian River Valley Zin is a real contender for our most elegant vintage yet. The sugars in the clusters arriving at the crush pad averaged 22.3 Brix, which is lower than they've been in previous years, bringing us Zins that finished dry under 14% alcohol! As the grower and winemaker, it's been my professional goal to produce wines that are of world-class caliber, exhibiting balance with as little alcohol and new oak flavoring as possible. We farm all four of the small vineyards, ranging from a 7-year-old new block to mature 91-year-old vines. The fermented must was pressed direct to barrel where the lees (sediment on bottom of barrel) was stirred for 3 weeks during the malolactic fermentation, offering a great mouth feel, considering the light body from this very low alcohol wine. This Estate wine was aged in mostly older barrels, allowing the wine to ae for a full 20 months without imparting the aggressive, and often overpowering, oak flavors of new barrels. We lightly flitered this wine and bottled the 23 barrel lot in early July 2010.