2003 Sonoma County Zinfandel
50% Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Pietro's Ranch
27% Russian River Valley Zinfandel, Fava Ranch
10% Russian River Valley Alicante Bouschet, Tom Feeney Ranch
13% Sonoma County Petite Sirah, Riebli Ranch
Our best Sonoma County Zin to date, all the components for this wine are from venerable old-vine, low-yielding vineyards planted between 1905 and 1922. Each component was a fantastic wine in its own right but we decided to blend them to create something greater than the sum of the parts. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered after 15 months of barrel aging.
Medium-dark to dark ruby. The nose is an explosion of red and black berry fruits intermixed with briary spice. Full-bodied but with sufficient acidity to keep the wine fresh and lively on the palate. Peak enjoyment for this wine should be from 2006 through 2009. (MRO - 3/3/05)