Gnarly Vine Zinfandel

Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vine Zinfandel

/ 750ml
2015 Vintage
/ 750ml
2013 Vintage

This Zinfandel is crafted entirely from old vines—some more than 125 years old—on our renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard.

2015 Vintage: Our 2015 Gnarly Vine Zinfandel is a big, full-bodied wine with rich blackberry and pepper aromas that lead to a sweep of dark fruit flavors, including blackberry reduction, plum and black currant. The intense fruit blends with layers of spice notes ranging from fresh peppercorns to clove and baking spices. The vibrant and robust wine is balanced by velvety tannins and the spice and minerality characteristic of Monte Rosso’s iron-rich volcanic soils. The extraordinarily long, luxurious finish includes hints of vanilla, pepper and molasses.

2013 Vintage: It’s a big, deep wine with intense aromas and a fusion of dark fruit flavors, including blackberry reduction and black currant. Those blend with layers of spice notes ranging from fresh black peppercorns to clove. The wine is full-bodied, vibrant and robust, balanced by velvety tannins and distinctive minerality that is characteristic of Monte Rosso’s iron-rich volcanic soils. The extraordinarily long and luxurious finish adds rich hints of vanilla and molasses. Robert M. Parker Jr. gave this wine 95 points and called it “a full-bodied classic Zinfandel at its very best.

 

Winemaker notes:

2013 Vintage: The grapes for our Gnarly Vine Zinfandel were hand-harvested between September 5 and September 12 and sorted by hand. At the winery, the grapes were destemmed and partially crushed before they were gravity-fed into our small-lot, open-top tanks. Up to 10 days following primary fermentation, the wine was racked by gravity into French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. After tending to the wine as individual barrel lots through the winter and spring, we assembled the majority of the blend in July to allow the flavors to integrate before aging the wine for another seven months in barrel. In total, this wine was aged for 14 months in a mix of 56% new oak—42% new French oak and 14% new American oak—and 44% used oak.

2015 Vintage: Our Gnarly Vine Zinfandel grapes were hand-harvested by block and sorted by hand, then gravity fed into small, open top fermenters for a 3-day cold soak before primary fermentation. The grapes stayed on the skins for up to 16 days while the must was hand punched down 3 to 4 times a day for extraction. After the primary fermentation, the must was gravity fed into a gentle basket press, then fed into barrels for malolactic fermentation and aging. We aged the wine in barrels as individual blocks until it was assembled in July. It was aged several more months in barrels and 12 months in bottle to allow the flavors to integrate. In total, this wine was oak aged 14 months in a mix of 66% new French oak, 16% new American oak and 18% neutral barrels.

Viticulture notes:

2013 Vintage: This Zinfandel is crafted entirely from old vines—some more than 125 years old—on our Monte Rosso Vineyard, located in the Sonoma Valley. Though yields are small, the old gnarly vines produce fruit of the highest caliber, with deeply concentrated flavor characteristics. Another stellar vintage in Sonoma County in 2013 meant that fruit developed in ideal conditions. As grapes basked in the warm summer sun, developing the intense, fruit-forward flavors typical of old vine Zinfandel, cool nights gave fruit excellent acidity, balance and complexity.

2015 Vintage: This Zinfandel is crafted entirely from old vines—some more than 120 years old—on our Monte Rosso Vineyard. Though yields are small, the old gnarly vines produce exceptional fruit with deep, concentrated flavors. The 2015 vintage was another in a string of warm, dry and early growing seasons with quality rivaling the best we’ve seen in previous years. Mild weather without heat spikes or cool stretches lasted through the spring and summer, allowing slow, even ripening that built excellent ripeness and complexity. A mild, dry harvest gave us small berries with intense aromatics, concentrated ripe fruit flavors and outstanding structure and balance.

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