2015 Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel

96%
 
Zinfandel
4%
 
Carignane

pH: 3.43
T.A.: 0.72 g/100mL
Alcohol: 15.0%
Cases Produced: 1033

Notwithstanding the freak 2010 vintage, this vineyard planted in 1934 has been on quite a run over the last decade.  In fact, in the history of the Wine Spectator magazine, of the three highest scoring wines labeled as Zinfandel, two have been from Papera Ranch, a testament to just how special this vineyard is.  Picked earlier than ever on September 8th, the fruit was divided into three tanks.  One was fermented with a local, indigenous yeast while the other two were fermented with yeast strains isolated in the Rhône.  On the skins for 18 days, the wine was pressed to all French oak, 23% new and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Tasting Note: Very dark ruby-garnet, almost opaque.  Head-turning aromas of framboise and kirsch are complemented by notes of fresh tobacco leaf, spun sugar, and spearmint leaves.  What a sniff!  On the palate, full-bodied but my-oh-my, so seamless, so well-balanced.  Flavors of red currant, macerated cherries, and a hint of pleasing herbaceousness build through the long, smooth finish.  Truly one of our top Papera Zinfandels to date.  Enjoy from release through 2024. (MRO – 07/18/17)

Suggested Retail: $47
Release Date: November 2017
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
   
     
     
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