2007 Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard
The Ponzo Zinfandel is one of our favorite wines. It is always fruity and well balanced with flavors and aromas of raspberries and black cherries, with pepper, spice and vanillin oak notes. The 2007 vintage is particularly popular and we wanted to make sure you got a chance to enjoy it before it is gone forever. Ponzo Vineyard is located just outside the town limits of Healdsburg, along the Russian River at the mouth of Dry Creek. It’s gravelly bench-lands have produced many award winning wines. Our first vintage from this vineyard was 2005. Austin and I finally talked our dad into making a Zin. The wine went on to win six gold medals; he was convinced, and we have been making Ponzo Zinfandel every year. The grapes were hand-picked, crushed, and de-stemmed into one-ton, open top fermentors . The juice was chilled with dry ice for extended maceration. After one week, the fermentors were moved outdoors to warm up and the wild yeasts begun the fermentation. Two commercial yeast strains were used to optimize flavor and complexity and control the fermentation. We punched down the skins every couple hours during fermentation to maximize extraction. When fermentation was nearing dryness we pressed out directly to barrels. The wine was aged for nine months in a mixture of French and American oak barrels. Three percent Petite Sirah, also from Ponzo Vineyard, was blended before bottling.