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2013 Zinfandel Heritage Vines Alegría Vineyards

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91 points - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
92 points - The International Wine Review
92 points - Zinfandel Chronicles
91 points - Purely Domestic Wine Report
90 points - Wine Enthusiast

Tasting Notes

This wine shows rich aromatics of juicy vine-ripened blackberries that merge with hints of fresh baking spices and subtle vanillin oak. Bright, youthful flavors of black raspberry and dark plum fill the palate from the smooth entry through the finish, with hints of dried strawberry, vanilla bean, and semisweet chocolate. With more bottle aging, the depth and complexity of the wine will develop further.

Winemaker Notes

Our 17th Heritage Vines Zinfandel comes from the oldest part of our Alegría Vineyards, which was planted 125 years ago as a blend of Zinfandel inter-planted with more than 17 other grape varieties. We continue the 19th century practice of harvesting and co-fermenting the varieties together.

2013 was a very good year in the vineyard. Almost no rainfall in the early months led to early bud break. Careful vine management and benign weather allowed an early harvest. The grapes came in flavorful, with fine tannins and balanced acidity.

We fermented with a combination of native yeast and a Rhone yeast. Bill’s careful selection of oak barrels from diverse forests and coopers added notes of spice and tannin to the layered grape flavors.

Harvest Dates:

October 9 & 11, 2013

Brix at Harvest:

24.8° (average)

Barrel Program:

Aged for 12 months in 54% French [33% new], 41% American [6% new], 5% Hungarian oak

Bottled:

December 2014

Case Production:

548

Release Date:

Spring 2016

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AppellationRussian River Valley
Varietal78% Zinfandel, 12% Alicante Bouschet, and 8% Petite Sirah. The remaining 2% includes Carignane, Trousseau, Sangiovese, Petit Bouschet, Negrette, Plavac Mali, Syrah, Tannat, Muscat Noir, Peloursin, Béclan, Cinsaut, and Grenache
PairingEnjoy with grilled pork with a blackberry-sage sauce, or a caramelized onion, mushroom, and goat cheese quiche.
Alcohol14.40%
Bottle750ml
ph Level3.58
TA6.2g/L