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Russian River Appellation, Sonoma County Zinfandel

 

We are tremendously honored to be releasing this Zinfandel from the historic Limerick Lane Vineyard, located near Healdsburg at the northeast corner of the cool Russian River AVA. This vineyard was first planted in 1910. Today, the estate vineyard comprised of historic vines as well as newer plantings is owned by longtime grape grower and Biale fan Jake Bilbro. This is the one Zinfandel that we produce that is 100% Zinfandel grapes and does not have a sprinkling of other varietals in the vineyard block. The 2018 vintage is Inky in color with attractive aromatics. Notes of dried apricots, pear, cola and stone fruit. A lively entry with the weight of bold fruit and a popping acidity lends itself to a long and mouthwatering finish. This is a very age worthy wine. Only 97 cases produced. 

 

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

Harvest Dates: September 18, 2018

Alcohol: 14.4%

Vintage Notes: Seamless season of heavenly hang time 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 Limerick Lane Vineyard Zinfandel (14.4% Alc)