2003 Zinfandel Heritage Vines™ Alegría Vineyards
Highly Recommended – California Grapevine
Concentrated aromas of creamy oak, cocoa and ripe berries precede the intense, luscious flavors that layer across the palate. This velvety smooth wine fills your mouth with ripe plums and berries fused with gourmet cocoa, vanilla and a subtle pinch of anise.
The oldest vines in our Alegría Vineyards were planted in 1890. The vineyard is a “field blend”, where (as was the traditional practice in the 19th century) complementary varieties are planted side-by-side, then harvested and fermented together. The mix of varieties evolved over more than 100 years to produce a complete, smooth, and very complex wine. We are the fortunate custodians of this legacy.
In 2003, late spring rains reduced the crop. A cool summer growing season allowed the vines to ripen the grapes very slowly. Different blocks in the vineyard ripened at different times. Our old vines take their time, but the results are worth the wait.
Fermentation in small bins with a four different yeasts followed by aging for 21 months in Jeff Cohn’s carefully selected combination of French and American barrels enhanced the wine’s complexity.
Oct. 17, 21 & 29, 2003
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 21 months in 60% American and 40% French oak barrels; 60% new oak
July 13, 2005