2008 Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel
Like Carlisle Vineyard, Papera Ranch (planted in 1934) suffered from April’s frost, yielding only one ton to the acre as opposed to the usual two. Somewhat paradoxically, although we had half the fruit, double the farming was required to ensure a crop consistent in development. In the end, the extra work paid-off, resulting in a lip-smacking, delicious Zinfandel that for our palates, eclipses our much-heralded 2007 rendition. Indigenous fermentation, 19 days on the skins, and all French oak, 21% new. Seven percent interplanted Carignane was included for structure and acidity. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium-dark to dark ruby-purple. Alluring aromas of raspberry, citrus, cherry pit, and fraises des bois. On the palate, full-bodied but amazingly precise and focused with flavors of cherry, pomegranate, and marzipan. There’s both balance and intensity here that can only come from old vines carefully farmed. Ample acidity in the finish dictates this wine will age well. Drink from release through 2018. (MRO – 08/01/10)