2014 Red Field Blend Russian River Valley – sold out
78% Zinfandel | 11% Alicante | 11% Petite Sirah
“...generously appointed with precise blackberry-like fruit and enriched by a judicious dose of sweet oak, but it is also firmly structured and youthfully tight in a way that says its best is several years off.” – 90 pts | Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
“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. A superb pizza and barbeque wine: grilled or roast chicken, skirt steak, lasagna . . .
Budbreak was early after a rainless January. Fruit set and ripened evenly with no mildew or botrytis, and no rain at harvest. Vineyard site is typically overcast till about 11:30 during the summer. Average diurnal temperature swing was 40 degrees, developing cooler climate blackberry and raspberry flavors balanced by natural acidity.
Native yeast, 23-day fermentation and maceration. Pressed and barrelled down before native malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lies in neutral oak barrels for seven months; bottled unfiltered.