Appellation: Solano County Green Valley
Vineyard: The Wirth Ranch -The grapes come from a vineyard on a Southeast facing slope. The vines are approximately 70 years old, head pruned and dry farmed.
Vintage: California's 2007 wine grape harvest began early, stalled mid-way due to cool weather, and finished in late October to vintner accolades. A mild winter with below normal rainfall, coupled with a dry spring, led to early bud break. Although cluster counts were high in most locations, a sparse berry set in spring resulted in loose grape bunches. Additionally, berries were small, creating a greater skin to juice ratio, enhancing quality. This Zin harvest was in the second half , but the fruit came in at full physiological ripeness.
Composition: 90% Zinfandel 10% Syrah
Vinification: Grapes were crushed and fermented for 15 days. Must was then pressed and transferred to neutral oak barrels where it underwent full ML fermentation.
Vinification: The intensity of the old vine flavors shines through in this zesty Zinfandel. Bold blackberry aromas with hints of mint, marjoram and thyme. On the palate chocolate and blackberries combine with the herbs and a touch of cinnamon and cloves . A lingering full bodied mouth feel balances the slightly higher alcohol. Excellent with BBQ meats or poultry as well as hearty stews or chili. Dry aged cheeses pair nicely as well.