This beautifully balanced Zinfandel has a deep, rich color and spicy aromas of cinnamon and blackberry compote followed by bright flavors of blueberry, boysenberry, and baking spices. The finish is long and lingering in this opulent wine.
Presenting Vineyard Notes, an extraordinary Reserve wine that harmoniously blends the essence of the valley floor and the captivating allure of the hillside fruit from the esteemed northern end of Dry Creek Valley. This revered region, renowned for its Zinfandel cultivation, has lent its terroir to create a wine of exceptional character and distinction.
As the sun-drenched summer unfolded, nurturing the vines with warmth and dryness, the Zinfandel grapes were patiently nurtured until mid-September, when their flavors reached their zenith. These handpicked gems form the backbone of the blend, embodying the epitome of quality and maturity. To further enhance the wine's complexity, the assemblage is enriched by the addition of Dry Creek Petite Sirah, carefully selected from the end of September. This varietal, with its robust tannins and resolute structure, imparts depth, texture, and an elegant equilibrium to the final composition.
Under the watchful eye and skilled touch of our winemaker, a meticulous process unfolded to ensure that every nuance of flavor and character was coaxed from the grapes. Following a fastidious hand-sorting, the grapes embarked on an extended cold-soak for five days, allowing for gentle extraction and the preservation of their vibrant colors. Throughout fermentation, judicious pump-overs were employed, enabling the precise control of tannin levels and fostering the optimal extraction of captivating hues.
To unveil the full potential of this luscious wine, it was entrusted to the embrace of 60% new French oak barrels, wherein it matured gracefully for 20 months. Within this sanctuary of wood, a seamless integration transpired, nurturing the wine's inherent qualities and weaving together a symphony of flavors and textures. The result is a wine that embodies the artistry of craftsmanship and the embodiment of excellence.
Vineyard Notes is an invitation to indulge in an extraordinary sensory journey. From the first sip, it reveals a tapestry of flavors, where luscious dark berries mingle with subtle hints of spice, gracefully enveloped by velvety tannins. Its regal structure and impeccable balance extend into a finish that lingers on the palate, a testament to the meticulous attention paid to every facet of its creation.
This remarkable wine encapsulates the story of a vineyard, a moment in time, and the sheer dedication and passion that defines our winemaking philosophy. Vineyard Notes is a testament to the rich tapestry of flavors that emerge when nature's bounty is nurtured with reverence and transformed into a work of art.