2013 Alexander Valley Zinfandel
100% Zinfandel (average vine age, 85 years old)
An elegant Zinfandel exhibiting aromatics of raspberry jam and red currant. Medium full bodied with flavors of fig and black fruit with rich tannins that lead to a lengthy finish of ripe berries lifted by integrated French oak.
Picked by hand on September 15, 2013, at 24.8⁰ Brix. This vineyard yielded 2.7 tons per acre. The grapes were destemmed and crushed into a stainless steel fermentation tank and inoculated with Bordeaux Red yeast. The fermentation completed in 12 days. During fermentation the wine was pumped over daily to facilitate the extraction of color and tannin. Afterward, the skins were gently pressed in a bladder press, settled in tank and then racked off the gross lees into barrels. The barreled wine was racked quarterly to aid clarification. Aged in 50% new French oak barrels for 18 months.