2005 Zinfandel Heritage Vines™ Alegría Vineyards
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Gold Medal - 2007 California State Fair
This dark beauty opens with seductive aromas of ripe blackberry, vanilla, and toasty oak. Smooth luscious layers of plum, black raspberry, cocoa, and spicy black pepper mingle with the essence of strawberry from the Carignane and Cinsaut. The Petite Sirah and Alicante provide subtle tannins and structure and add to the lingering flavors of dark-skinned fruit. Delicious now, and with aging will continue to develop.
November 2011 Update: Age has given this wine even more appeal. The luscious flavors have gained depth and sophistication with time. Supple tannins, a creamy mouthfeel, and rich fruit offer up an irresistible wine. The wine may continue to improve, but it is perfect now, and we recommend drinking it in the next six to 12 months.
As was standard practice in the 19th century, our Zinfandel vineyards contain a unique blend of inter-planted varieties that has evolved over the past 117 years. All the varieties in each vineyard block are harvested together and co-fermented. They interact and blend together from the day they are picked. This practice produces an intriguing and unusually complex wine. We honor the wisdom of the winegrowers who went before us by continuing their field blend tradition.
Extraordinarily focused individual attention is required to coax tiny yields of fruit from the oldest vines that provides the essence of our Heritage Vines Zinfandel. Close attention is also paid to the younger vines to limit their crop to produce fruit of comparable quality.
Because of the old age of most of the vines and because 2005 was an exceptionally cool growing season, we picked on three different dates as the grapes reached optimal maturity. We chose a combination of barrels and yeasts to compliment and balance this vintage’s nuanced flavors. This wine is a tribute to our old vines, and the skill and experience of our consulting winemaker, Alison Doran.
Oct. 26 & 31 & Nov. 2, 2005
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 16 months in m 50% American, 32% French, and 16% Hungarian oak barrels; 55% new oak
April 11, 2007