2009 Russian River Valley "Montafi Ranch" Zinfandel
11% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, and others)
In the past, we have never had enough of this wine to satisfy demand. But finally, with us leasing and farming half of these 83-year-old vines, we have plenty for everyone! Well… at least plenty for everyone this year. Vintage 2010 is a whole other story! Approximately 12% of interplanted mixed blacks (Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Petit Bouschet, Bastardo, and others) were included in the final blend. All French oak, 24% percent new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium-dark to opaque ruby-purple. Blackberry confiture and cassis are highlighted by notes of eucalyptus, peach, and spice. On the palate, medium-full to full-bodied but amazingly precise and focused, with flavors of blackberry and one of my favorite holiday desserts, persimmon pudding. Montafi has been on a roll lately with the 2007, 2008, and 2009 all besting previous vintages. Drinkable on release but given the verve and energy of this wine, enjoy from 2013 through 2019. (MRO – 3/15/11)