2012 Russian River Valley "Limerick Lane Vineyard" Zinfandel

98% Zinfandel
2% Mixed Black Varieties (Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Trousseau noir)

pH: 3.57
T.A.: 6.1 g/L
Alcohol: 15.2%
Cases Produced: 123

An exciting new vineyard designate!  Limerick Lane used to be one of my favorite producers of Zinfandel back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.  In fact, I was so enamored by their wines that in 1993 I knocked on the door of the owner’s house and asked if I could purchase a half-ton for homemade wine.  He agreed and told me to show up a week later with my bins to haul away the crushed fruit.  But alas, when I showed up as directed, the whole vineyard had already been picked.  The owner claimed he had “forgotten” about our arrangement.  I was heartbroken.  Fast forward to 2009 when Limerick Lane was purchased by brothers Jake and Scot Bilbro.  I had the good fortune of becoming friends with the brothers in 2012.  After I told them my story of almost making a Limerick Lane Zinfandel, they insisted on offering me two tons from their oldest block planted in 1910.  I was floored!  It may have taken 19 years but we finally get to make Zinfandel from this very special vineyard!

Russian River Valley "Limerick Lane Vineyard" Zinfandel

Tasting Note:

Medium-dark to dark ruby-garnet. Hi-toned, mouthwatering aromas of cherry, pomegranate, and violets, possess uncommon depth and concentration. The wine enters the mouth with an explosion of licorice-tinged red cherry fruit. Texturally, this wine is all about balance and elegance. In fact, it’s downright sensuous! A stunning new wine that we are thrilled to have in our portfolio. Thank you Jake and Scot! Drink from release to 2020. (MRO – 07/18/14)

Suggested Retail: $43 - Sold Out
Release Date: November 2014