2006 Russian River Valley "Pietro's Ranch" Zinfandel
15% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Carignane, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache)
Our third Pietro’s Ranch and sadly, the last. In April 2007, this grande dame of the Russian River Valley, planted in 1905 by brothers Italo and Pietro Barbieri, immigrants from Agnino, Tuscany, was torn up in preparation for replanting to more “fashionable” varieties. Producing what is potentially our finest Zinfandel to date, the loss of this vineyard will forever break my heart.
Dark ruby-purple. Nearly opaque. An absolutely intoxicating nose of black raspberry, briar, and herbs. Fabulous! The wine enters full and rich but acidity and tannins are in perfect balance. As seamless a Zinfandel as we have ever produced. Enjoy this bit of history from release through 2013. (MRO – 3/1/08)