Russian River Valley Zinfandel 2011
Wild raspberry, fine white pepper and floral red fruit aromas.
While the 2011 growing season was one of cold, fog, and rot, the wines turned out to be stunning... Not due to the full-throttle fruit profiles that come about from a typically warm summer in Sonoma County but rather due to the complex layers of spice and overt black pepper found in Harvest Moon's 2001 Zinfandel. Juicy plum and dark raspberry are some fruits found wrapped around the pepper core. Enjoy from 2014-2019
The 2011 growing season brought to wine country the coolest summer patterns in nearly four decades. July temperatures in our backyard peaked at a mere 72 degrees, the ground and roots never really heated up enough to bring classic Sonoma County ripe, ripe flavors into the clusters. The cool Russian River afternoons kept the skins thinner than normal, offering a light-bodied, pale colored wine. However lighter color does not mean fewer aromas and certainly not less flavor. We pressed and barreled the 3 Zin lots separate for the first year in the cellar then blended in the Spring of '13. We utilized a minimum of new oak schedule of 15%. We lightly filtered this blend and bottled in July 2013.