2017 Russian River Valley "Papera Ranch" Zinfandel
With irrigation available to these vines planted in 1934, this vineyard weathered the Labor Day Weekend heatwave quite well. Even after our aggressive sorting, both in the vineyard and at the winery, we were still able to produce a normal amount of this flagship wine. Picked three times over a two-week period in the second half of September, each lot was cold soaked for five days before being pressed to French oak, an average of 25% new. Unfined. Unfiltered.
Medium-dark to dark garnet-ruby. An incredibly high-toned, expressive nose of raspberry coulis, briar, and tobacco. You can’t help but smile when smelling this! On the palate, pure silk and grace. Deftly balanced, texturally nearly ethereal, with intense raspberry, blood orange, and briar-like flavors. Ho-hum. Papera knocks it out of the park again. Drink this archetype Russian River Valley Zinfandel from 2020 through 2028. (MRO - 11/1/19)