2015 Russian River Valley "Mancini Ranch" Zinfandel
15% Mixed Black Varieties (Carignane, Abouriou, Valdiguié, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah)
A new vineyard designate! Mancini Ranch, planted in 1922 (curiously, right after the start of Prohibition), lies kitty-corner from Papera Ranch at the corner of Piner and Olivet Roads. Unlike Papera, this vineyard is relatively mixed in its composition with plenty of Carignane, Abouriou, Valdiguié, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir, and Petite Sirah. There is even a mixed block of Colombard and Muscadelle that we use for The Derivative! One of our last lots of the year, coming in on September 29th, the fruit was fully destemmed and cold soaked for five days before indigenous fermentation began. After 23 days on the skins, it was pressed to all French oak, 19% new. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium ruby-red. Pronounced aromas of cherry, red currant, and raspberry greet the nose. Full-bodied on the palate but with plenty of acidity to lift the tangy pomegranate and currant flavors. Finishes quite long and clean. If you gravitate towards more of a “cocktail” styled Zin, then this wine is probably not for you. But if you prefer something that wonderfully complements food and will age and develop, look no further! Enjoy from 2019 through 2029. (MRO – 04/03/17)