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Carneros District, Sonoma Valley Zinfandel

 

The Valsecchi Vineyard is named for John Valsecchi, who after a life of dairy work, retired to farm the old Zinfandel vineyard near Sonoma he had purchased that was planted around 1900. Under the prideful and loving care of Valsecchi’s grandson, Ron Mick, the vineyard has survived with its ton or two of grapes going to Biale since 1995. This wine makes you want to take a bite out of it. Strawberry preserves, red plum, cranberry, pastry and lychee are present in the nose of this lovely wine. It has concentrated fruit with a creamy texture and a punch of acidity which makes for a long mouthwatering finish.

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 29, 2018

Alcohol: 14.5%

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.

2018 Valsecchi Vineyard Zinfandel (14.5% Alc)