1998 Sonoma County Zinfandel
66% Alexander Valley Zinfandel
11% Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
14% Russian River Valley Mondeuse
9% Dry Creek Valley Petite Sirah
Sourced from several venerable old-vine vineyards in Sonoma County, the grapes for this wine were harvested between October 2nd and October 23rd at an average of 24.7 brix. Cold soaks, frequent and vigorous punch-downs, and the use of cultured and indigenous yeast fermentations were some of the techniques we used to maximize flavors and aromas.
While enjoyable now for its intense cherry and spice aromas, this wine's well-balanced acidity suggests several additional years of development. It should be at its best 3 to 5 years from the vintage date. (MRO - 11/17/99)