Our Old Vine Zinfandel is a blend sourced from vineyards planted on the Dry Creek bench and the cooler southwest portion of Alexander Valley. Although “old vine” is interpreted differently across the wine industry, our benchmark is a minimum of 50 years. However, the average age of our vines is approximately 70 years old. True old vine Zinfandel is distinguished by a selection of ancient clones and head-trained vines with thick, gnarled trunks that date back to the turn of the 20th century.
The 2017 winter saw roughly double the average rainfall totals, ending a five-year extended drought condition in the region. This led to abundant vegetative growth in the spring as soils were saturated well through bloom. Extreme heat beginning in April provided hints at what would become another record-breaking year of temperatures throughout the growing season. Harvest kicked off August 31 with ten consecutive days over 100°F. This was followed by a significant cooling trend which allowed for added hang time, leading to increased flavor development.
On the nose, notes of cherry, cedar and cigar box linger with aromas of fresh licorice. Deftly structured on the palate with well-integrated tannins, fresh notes of pomegranate and red currants, a velvety mouthfeel and luscious finish, this is a wine that is built to age.