This is a wine I’ve wanted to produce for a long time! The Piner-Olivet area of the Russian River Valley is magical for Zinfandel, especially old-vine Zinfandel, and is the home to our “Big 3” Zins – Carlisle Vineyard, Papera Ranch, and Montafi Ranch. Generally, out of respect for these incredible vineyards, we bottle them separately. But in this vintage, after assembling the final cuvées, we found ourselves left with a bit of each of them. We considered blending them with a few other components to create a Sonoma County Zinfandel but a blend of the “Big 3” was so striking, so utterly compelling, we simply couldn’t. I’m hopeful we can make this a permanent addition to the portfolio as it beautifully showcases the special terroir of this Russian River Valley sub-region.
Medium-dark ruby-garnet. Very lifted, perfumed aromas of cherries, red licorice whips, sandalwood, and blood orange. The nose provides everything you could hope for in a Russian River Valley Zinfandel. Impeccably balanced, flavors of red cherry, mulberry, and baking spices build through the mineral-laden, zesty finish. A beautiful wine but as a blend of Carlisle, Papera, and Montafi, how could it not be? Give it another year in bottle and then enjoy from 2019 through 2028. (MRO – 01/18/18)