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Moon Mountain Appellation, Sonoma County Zinfandel

 

There is nothing quite like it. Huge, twisting, gnarled, mountain-rooted Zinfandel vines with a view of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco, and the Bay Area—thriving plants that are still producing thrilling wines since their origins in the 1880s. This 2018 vintage shows aromas of nectarine, Bing cherry, red vine licorice, wild iris, rhubarb, and vanilla bean. A lively entry enhances the minerality and the zesty, natural acidity of this wine. Mountain tannins assure us of this wine’s graceful aging potential. Only 210 cases produced. 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 6, 2018

Alcohol: 14.8%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity.

Ageability: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 5-7 years.

2018 Monte Rosso Vineyard® Zinfandel (14.8% Alc)