Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2010
Finely cracked black pepper matched with dark fruit and a great finish.
The initial aromas billow fresh cracked pepper and perfumed berry. The palate is ripe and structured with spicy raspberries. The pepper carries through to the finish where it meets nutty spices. The finish is long and will bring you to a happy mouthwatering conclusion. Cellar for 4 to 6 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.