2009 Russian River Valley "Montafi Ranch" Zinfandel

89% Zinfandel
11% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, and others)

pH: 3.42
T.A.: 6.9 g/L
Alcohol: 15.3%
Cases Produced: 527

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.

Russian River Valley "Montafi Ranch" Zinfandel

Tasting Note:

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)

Suggested Retail: $45 - Sold Out
Release Date: April 2011