2015 Russian River Valley "Montafi Ranch" Zinfandel
11% Mixed Black Varieties (Alicante Bouschet, Aubun, Grand Noir, Petite Sirah, Peloursin, Trousseau noir, Syrah, Petit Bouschet, Cinsault)
Compared to most of our other Zinfandel sources, Montafi Ranch was pruned a bit later in 2015. As a result, weather at bloom was more favorable, leading to far less millerandage and coulure than some other vineyards experienced. In the end, just over two tons to the acre. Not bad for what is regarded as a low-yielding year! Picked first on September 10th with subsequent picks on September 12 and September 19th, the wine was fermented with a combination of local and cultured yeast strains. Aged in all French oak, 26% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium garnet-ruby. True to the vintage (at least for Zinfandel), very red-fruited with aromas of red cherry, currant, and the trademark whiff of eucalyptus (although not as prominent as some previous vintages). The wine enters fresh and snappy with flavors of red currants, cherries, and a touch of pomegranate. Youthful tannins emerge in the fruit-filled finish, indicating that this should age well. Enjoy from release through 2027. (MRO – 04/03/17)