Gnarly Vine Zinfandel

Monte Rosso Vineyard Gnarly Vine Zinfandel

/ 750ml 2014 Vintage

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

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.

Awards:

The Wine Advocate. 95 Points. Robert M. Parker Jr. October 2016 Read full article
Wine Spectator. 91 Points. Tim Fish. Apr 15 2013 Read full article
Cheers. 95 Points. Editorial Staff. Feb 27 2013 Read full article
The Wine Advocate. 93 Points. Robert M. Parker Jr. October 01 2015 Read full article

Winemaker notes:

The grapes for our Gnarly Vine Zinfandel were hand-harvested and sorted by hand. At the winery, the grapes were given a 3-day cold soak to extract color and flavor before they were gravity-fed into our small-lot, open-top tanks. Up to 10 days following primary fermentation, the wine was gravity racked into oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. We aged the wine as individual barrel lots through winter and spring and assembled the majority of the blend in July. It was then aged several more months in barrel plus 12 months in bottle to allow the flavors to integrate. In total, this wine was oak aged for 14 months in a mix of 66% new French oak, 16% new American oak and 18% used oak.

Viticulture notes:

This Zinfandel is crafted entirely from old vines—some more than 125 years old—on our renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard. Though yields are small, the old gnarly vines produce exceptional fruit with deep, concentrated flavors. The 2014 season was excellent—dry and warm, with early bud break, steady mellow temperatures through spring and summer, and long hangtime that let the grapes ripen fully and evenly. An unusually long harvest gave us concentrated, well-structured fruit with exceptional quality and depth.

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