2017 Mendocino Ridge "DuPratt Vineyard" Zinfandel
A fantastic vintage for DuPratt! Picked October 3rd, yields from these own-rooted vines planted in 1920 were a respectable 2.9 tons to the acre. With a heavier crop, we were able to let the fruit hang longer without sugars getting out of hand. The additional hang time also provided an opportunity for the acidity to fall to a more normal level at harvest, as opposed to some of the freakishly high acidities we’ve seen in the past. Aged in all French oak, only 17% new, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Medium ruby-garnet. A totally knock-out nose of pomegranate, cranberry, and something pleasingly resinous that brings to mind the surrounding redwood forest. Dee-lish! On the palate, full-bodied yet surprisingly light on its feet with vibrant, almost electric, flavors of red currant, cranberry, and spice. All in all, just a damn pretty wine that is an absolute delight to sip. Our most compelling DuPratt to date? You tell us! Drink from 2020 through 2028. (MRO - 11/1/19)