In the Vineyards
The 2011 vintage started off cool and damp, but with little to no frost. Late rains continued until July, with almost two inches of rain in the month of June. The end of the rainy season led to a cool weather pattern for most of the summer, with average high temperatures around 80 degrees for both July and August. The heat finally returned in September, with one six-day stretch of temperatures in the 90s, exactly what the vintage needed. We harvested this Zinfandel in late September into early October under ideal conditions.
Fresh, bright berry fruit from our heritage russian river vineyard combined with the ripe peppery jamminess from our Alexander Valley vineyards make for wonderful diversity of flavor showcasing the best that Zinfandel can offer in one wine. Aging for 16 months in French and American oak barrels enhances the Zinfandel’s inherent spicy qualities, while the ebullient fruit of this medium rich wine suggests enjoyment over the next two to four years.