2016 Old Vine Zinfandel Russian River Valley
78% Zinfandel | 10% Alicante | 10% Petite Sirah | 2% 12 other varieties
“A unique field blend of Zinfandel and fourteen other grape varieties from a heritage Russian River Valley vineyard, originally planted in 1890 and partially replanted in 1950 by Americo Rafanelli.”- David Ramey
Traditional Zinfandel palate weight, not too heavy, with the added complexity of the other varietals.
2016 began with another very early bloom, leading to a very early harvest in Sonoma County; our first fruit arrived August 5. During maturation, summer temperatures were warm and steady, with fewer heat spikes than 2015. Three weeks of cool weather in August and September relaxed the pace of harvest, allowing for methodical picking decisions and perfectly developed fruit. Yields were relatively average – down from 2014 and up from 2015.
Native yeast, 20-day fermentation and maceration. Pressed and barrelled down before native malolactic fermentation. Aged on the lees in neutral oak barrels for 12 months; bottled unfiltered.