2014 Mendocino Ridge "DuPratt Vineyard" Zinfandel
With our production down in 2015 and since there is no 2015 DuPratt (due to inclement weather, the vineyard failed to set fruit), we decided to hold on to this wine and release it a year later than normal. We’ve done some of the aging for you! Picked a bit earlier than usual on September 20th, the fruit was fully destemmed and cold soaked for five days before fermentation with local yeasts. Pressed on October 7th to all French oak, only 17% new, the wine was bottled unfined.
Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. A fascinating, complex nose of red cherry, cranberry, pine forest, and orange rind. On the palate, an explosion of red cherry liqueur, briar, and cracked black pepper. Classic DuPratt! Finishes very clean and long with plenty of verve and snap. For a Zinfandel, this will have a long life. Drink anytime from 2019 through 2030. (MRO – 04/03/17)