2015 Zinfandel

Sonoma Valley

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

In 1973, our estate Zinfandel was the first post-Prohibition wine crafted by fifth generation Jim Bundschu, and the wines from our 40+ year-old vines have been impressing us ever since. The 2015 offers luscious aromas of ripe summer berries and plums with warm vanilla and oak spices that envelop a velvety mouthfeel. This generous fruit is layered with earthi-ness and hints of white pepper while engaging acidity balances the rich flavors. This combination creates a complex but refreshingly quaffable red.

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 compris-ing 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:
2015
Wine Type:
Red Wine
Varietal:
Zinfandel
Varietal Composition:
  • 100% Zinfandel
Appellation:
Sonoma Valley
Acid:
TA: 0.64 g/mL
PH:
3.8
Barrel Aging:
  • 15 months
    50% French oak, 50% American, 35% New
Alcohol %:
14.8%
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