2013 Sonoma Valley "Monte Rosso Vineyard" Zinfandel
7% Grand Noir
Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to describing our Monte Rosso Zinfandel. It’s so darn consistent! Picked September 4th at 24.6 Brix, we included approximately 7% Grand Noir for color and spice. After a 5-day cold soak, the must was inoculated with a Rhône-isolated yeast known for providing texture and mouth-feel. After 15 days on the skins, it was pressed to all French oak (mostly neutral) and aged for 16 months prior to bottling. Unfined and unfiltered.
Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Highly perfumed aromas of red berries, blood orange, and spice greet the nose. In a word, stunning! Deeply fruited, the wine showcases what only 100-plus-year-old, mountain grown Zinfandel can produce – nobility, breed, class, power. Lush, harmonious tannins on the finish indicate a long life ahead. Drink from 2016 through 2023 (although it will likely go well beyond that). (MRO – 01/21/15)