2007 Zinfandel Heritage Vines™ Alegría Vineyards
Gold Medal - 2010 Orange County Fair Wine Competition
Gold Medal - 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
91 points - New Hampshire Union Leader
90 points - Snooth.com
Exceptional - Dan Berger's Vintage Experiences
Highly Recommended - California Grapevine
This aromatic temptress leads with lively blackberry and raspberry notes sprinkled with black pepper and vanillin oak. From the smooth entry to the juicy, expansive finish, this Zin offers layers of seductive flavors that glide across the palate. Ripe blackberry, spicy pepper, and creamy mocha mingle with a touch of cocoa, vanilla, and cedar.
November 2012 Update: Best decanted to awake this beauty from its long slumber. With a little air, this Zin tastes as amazing as it did the day it was released. Drink now through the next couple of years for optimal enjoyment.
Reflecting viticultural practice of the 19th century, our 119-year-old Zinfandel vineyards are a unique blend of inter-planted varieties. We carry on an old tradition by sustaining the old vines and harvesting and co-fermenting the mix of varieties together. The wine is literally blended from the day it is picked. We continue this field blending tradition into the 21st century—despite the extra work involved in tending such a complex historic planting—to provide this distinctive complex wine to you. It is truly Alegría Vineyards’ signature wine.
Our cool Russian River climate gives us slow ripening that allows the grapes to fully mature, producing balanced, full flavored wines. 2007 was close to an ideal growing year. Early budbreak, no late spring frost, and a mild summer assured that the crop ripened evenly. Fog and cool weather in September slowed the ripening process and extended the growing season.
Our Zinfandel field blend was harvested in two lots, three weeks apart. Each lot was cold-soaked for three days to extract skin color before fermentation began, and then inoculated with a different strain of yeast. The wine was then pressed to Bill’s carefully selected assortment of barrels. Later, we blended the two lots to make this balanced, delicious wine.
Sept. 28 & Oct. 14, 2007
Brix at Harvest:
Aged for 17 months in 61% French, 27% American, and 12% Hungarian oak barrels; 62% new oak
May 19, 2009