2008 Zinfandel ~ Dry Creek Valley ~ Pauline's Vineyard ~ 750ml

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Winemaker's Notes:

The Pauline’s Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley is fast becoming one of our customers favorites. The Dry Creek Valley is known for its’ Zinfandel and this wine won’t disappoint you. 

The Pauline’s Vineyard is and extension of the relationship we have with Randy Peters of the Peters Vineyard. Owned by Randy’s Dad and named for his mother, Randy manages this vineyard with the same love and skill as he does the Peters Vineyard. The vineyard is located right across the street from our winery location, so we’re able to keep a pretty close eye on those grapes!

We use many of the same techniques with our Zinfandel as with our Pinot Noir. We cold-soak the grapes for three days and once the fermentation begins we hand punch the grapes in open-top fermenters, a method not commonly used with Zinfandel. The wine was then aged for 15 months in Francois Frères oak barrels. We always keep the grapes separate throughout the process so we can make blending decisions after the grapes have evolved independently. Because we make our Zinfandel using the same techniques as our Pinot Noir, our Zin really appeals to the Pinot lover.

Tasting Notes:

Garnet in color leading to an aromatic nose of allspice, nutmeg, and brambly berry. On the palate it presents soft cherry fruit up front and hints of violet and raspberries, reminding you of a walk in a wild berry patch. This wine is elegant, balanced and refined with a smooth spicy black cherry finish that lingers pleasantly, beckoning you to take your next sip.

Dry Creek Valley
Harvest Date
Harvest Brix
15 months in Francois Freres French oak, mix of 2-3 year old barrels
320 cases

2008 Zinfandel ~ Dry Creek Valley ~ Pauline's Vineyard ~ 750ml