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2019 Old Vine
Russian River Valley
Zin that was planted in 1896 has a hard time staying closed when we’re grilling or carrying a stack of pizzas to the crush pad. With a little chill or not, this is a wine much more reminiscent of old world Primitivo than it is of California Zin. Refined and delicious without being high octane, we always make sure to let these old vines do the talking and stay out of the way of their delicious personality. They are all aged in large format neutral french oak for 18 months, giving them great texture without any new oak characteristics. This makes this a treat for all Zin fans, and a true celebration of what makes this varietal special!
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.
New York World Wine Competition - DOUBLE GOLD