2005 Zinfandel ~ Russian River Valley ~ 750ml

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Winemaker's Notes:

Our Zinfandel program is a perfect compliment to our Pinot Noir production. We strive to make a Zinfandel that compliments your meal and doesn't overpower it. It has an elegant style that is sure to please the Pinot Lover. The grapes for this Zinfandel come from three Russian River Valley vineyards; two of our Pinot producers, the Leras Family Vineyards located off Woolsey Road in Santa Rosa and the Elsbree Vineyards in Windsor, and Windsor Oaks vineyard in Windsor. We used many of the same techniques with our Zinfandel as with our Pinot Noir. We cold-soaked the grapes for three days and once the fermentation began we hand punched the grapes in open-top fermenters, a method not commonly used with Zinfandel. The wine was then aged for 17 months in Francois Frères oak barrels, just like our Pinot Noirs. We also kept the grapes separate throughout the process so we could make blending decisions after the grapes had evolved independently.

Tasting Notes:

Deep garnet in color leading to an aromatic nose of delicate oak, cherry and white pepper. This is an elegant, full-bodied wine with pleasing complexity with flavors of bright cherry, a hint of spice, and a delicate pepper finish. Smooth tannins add structure and mouth feel, but don't overpower. This Zinfandel is perfect for lighter meat dishes and spicy seafood fare.

Russian River Valley
Harvest Date
September 25, 2005, October 25,2005
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
12 months in François Frères French oak, Mix of new to 3 years old
740 cases 750 ml

2005 Zinfandel ~ Russian River Valley ~ 750ml