2014 Zinfandel

Still a few years away from being considered "old vine", each new vintage brings flavorful maturity to the 40-year old vines of our much-beloved estate Zinfandel block.

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Tasting NOTES

Still a few years away from being considered “old vine,” each new vintage brings flavorful maturity to the 40-year old vines of our much-beloved estate Zinfandel block. Striking aromas of fresh black cherry jam and baking spices with black pepper and molasses precede a structured, mouth-filling wine of vanilla, dark berry fruits, spice, and creamy chocolate balanced by tannins and the acidity always provided by this block that keeps our Zin fresh and vibrant.

Vineyard NOTES

The 13 acres of Zinfandel on Rhinefarm was planted in 1976 and grows in the upper benchland portion of the vineyard at an average elevation of 200 feet. It thrives in the rocky, well-drained conditions presented by the alluvial fan comprising the lower Mayacamas Mountain Range. Topsoils are 18 to 34 inches deep, consisting of Rhyolitic volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Beneath the topsoil is a mostly impervious layer of consolidated volcanic ash with occasional fractures for the roots to penetrate to deeper depths, producing wines with concentrated fruit flavors and firm structural qualities. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. The vineyard typically yields 2.5 tons/acre.

Production NOTES

To make the wine, we hand-harvest and ferment with Prise de Mousse yeast strain. It enjoys 25 days of extended maceration to develop deeper, richer flavor. Using gentle pump-overs tailored by individual lot, we also employ louvers and screens to eliminate exposure to skins and seeds which might introduce off flavors. The wine ages an average of 15 months in 50% French and 50% American oak barrels, 35% new, before bottling and release.

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Vintage:
2014
Wine Type:
Varietal:
Zinfandel
Varietal Composition:
  • 100% Zinfandel
Appellation:
Acid:
TA 0.62g/100ml
PH:
3.78
Barrel Aging:
  • 15 months
    50% French oak, 50% American
    35% New
Alcohol %:
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