2011 Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel

100% Zinfandel

pH: 3.49
T.A.: 7.3 g/L
Alcohol: 15.5%
Cases Produced: 597

After the devastating loss of the 2010 crop to the freak heat event of August 23rd and 24th, it was a huge relief to get the 2011 into tank.  I’m sure owner Stuart Coulson felt the same!  We weren’t sure how the 77-year-old vines would respond after the damage but man did they deliver the goods (nearly 2.4 tons to the acre!), resulting in a Papera that qualitatively rivals the 2009, one of our favorites to date.  Picked October 1st.  Twenty days on the skins.  All French oak, 25% new.  Unfined and unfiltered.

Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel

Tasting Note:

Dark ruby garnet.  Assertive, perfumed aromas of raspberry and red cherry are complemented by notes of blood orange, rose petal, and briery spice.  A heavenly sniff!  On the palate, full-bodied with a burst of red fruit, spice, and a touch of vanilla (but by no means oaky).  Quite long and persistent on the finish.  Approachable today, enjoy this wine from release through 2021. (MRO – 07/18/13)

Suggested Retail: $46 - Sold Out
Release Date: November 2013