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2016 Old Vine
Russian River Valley
Our estate vineyard was originally planted in 1896. For a frame of reference - In 1896 there were only 44 US states, Henry Ford invented the first automobile and the first modern Olympics took place in Athens… These days Guy follows business on his smart phone while working in the vineyard.
When the Davis Family acquired the property in 1995, the vineyard had been abandoned for nearly 20 years. It took just three years (and a lot of hard work) to get the ancient vines to produce fruit again- 70 cases in 1998! That being said, these vines may have returned to form, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t still perform on their own schedule. We make several passes from individual vine to vine picking through the 2.8 acres during the harvest season. This meticulous process is used to ensure that every single berry and cluster are at the perfect point of ripeness. The old vine crest on our label pays tribute to the old vines that started it all, born out of our passion to create this special wine.
Old Vine wines have a unique and special character. They produce only 3 or 4 clusters per vine, resulting in concentrated, rich flavors and possess a deep complexity. Amazing layers of flavor and spice surface in the wine as a direct result of the relationship of the soil, 30 feet deep root system and 100+ year old vines. These factors, combined with our cool, eastern facing hillside vineyard location in the heart of the Russian River Valley, cannot be replicated any other way. Our Old Vine Zinfandel is a true expression of a specific place- that can only be manifested in this distinct environment.