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Sonoma County Zinfandel

 

One of the oldest and grandest Zinfandel vineyards of them all is situated in the heart of Sonoma Valley as it traces back to the Civil War era. It was replanted in the 1880s under the ownership of Senator George Hearst and came under its new ownership in the 2000s with father and son, Joel and Morgan Peterson. The 2018 vintage shows aromatics of Bing cherries, blueberries, Greek yogurt, orange rind, cocoa powder, and violets. A lively entry and medium body with dusty tannins lead to a long juicy finish. A lively entry and medium body with opulent broad-spectrum tannins lead to a long juicy finish. Only 174 cases produced.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 21, 2018

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.

Ageability: This wine is pleasurable now and will be drinking beautifully over the next 3-5 years.

Alcohol: 14.2%

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