2007 Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel
5% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah)
Previously designated as “Carlo’s Ranch”, the new owner of this vineyard was able to secure the trademark to the original name of the property, “Papera Ranch”. Planted in 1934 by Charlie Papera, yields in 2007 were a respectable 2.0 tons to the acre. Picked on October 8th, the must was cold soaked for 5 days before an indigenous fermentation began. After a total of 18 days on the skins, it was pressed to all French oak, 28% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Dark ruby-purple, nearly opaque. A compelling, exotic nose of raspberry liqueur, briar, pepper, and incense. Not as floral as Carlisle Vineyard but it’s obvious this comes from the same ‘hood. On the palate, full-bodied with explosive flavors of kirsch and black raspberry leading to a long and persistent finish. A wine that manages to be both powerful and graceful at the same time. Easily our best Papera Ranch Zinfandel to date. Enjoy this age-worthy zinfandel from mid-2010 through 2018. (MRO – 07/17/09)