2015 Red Field Blend Russian River Valley
80% Zinfandel | 11% Alicante | 9% Petite Sirah
Sunset Magazine | “Why You Should Put Zinfandel Back in Your Wine Rotation” | Sara Schneider | June 13, 2017
- Sidebar 2015 Red Field Blend (Russian River Valley) – A new anise-spiced, tangy-berried blend (80 percent Zin plus Alicante Bouschet and Petite Sirah) from NorCal wine legend David Ramey.
“A unique blend of grape varietals from a heritage vineyard, half planted 125 years ago and the other half 65 years ago.” – David Ramey
Traditional Zinfandel palate weight, not too heavy, with the added complexity of the other varietals.
Winter 2015 was the warmest on record, resulting in early budbreak. Cooler, wetter weather in spring months slowed development, however, leading to a challenging, extended bloom period. The resulting uneven fruit set translated to a small crop and smaller berries with very concentrated flavors. Weather throughout the summer growing season was consistently warm, bringing on a very early harvest.
Native yeast, 19-day fermentation and maceration. Pressed and barrelled down before native malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lies in neutral oak barrels for 14 months; bottled unfiltered.