2004 Zinfandel Heritage Vines™ Alegría Vineyards
Gold Medal - 2006 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
Critics’ Gold - 2006 Critics’ Challenge Wine Competition
This luscious and complex Zinfandel is a perfect marriage of fruit, creamy oak, and crisp acid. Enticing aromas of ripe berries and rich cocoa merge with robust, full-bodied flavors. Layers of fresh plum and plump blackberry blend with hints of mocha and blueberry, sustaining through to the long finish.
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 2004, frost at bud break severely reduced the crop, so our yield was only one ton an acre. The vines concentrated their efforts into fewer grapes than normal, providing full rich flavors and a relatively early harvest.
We fermented the grapes in several lots using four different types of yeast, and using a submerged cap technique on some of the lots. The wine was aged for 17 months in a carefully selected a combination of old and new American, French, and Hungarian oak barrels.
This impeccably balanced and deliciously smooth wine is a tribute to our ancient vines and to our consulting winemaker, Alison Green Doran.
Sept. 17, 29 & Oct. 6, 2004
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 50% American, 34% French, and 16% Hungarian oak barrels; 70% new oak
March 27, 2006