2010 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley
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We were fortunate to be able to make an Old Vine Zinfandel in 2010. A cool summer was punctuated by heat spells in August and September that sun-burned Zinfandel crops across the valley. Zinfandel took the hardest hit of all varietals, particularly old vineyards that often don’t have any irrigation. The vineyard that our grapes came from on West Dry Creek Road lost nearly 50% of its crop to sun-burn. Off the entire, two acre hillside, we made less than 100 cases of wine.
Different growers will always argue over the merits of old vines vs. young vines. As a vine ages, it becomes less productive due to various aliments; from virus to “tractor blight”. When vines produce less fruit, the flavors are more concentrated in the fruit that they do produce. Many will say that a young vineyard farmed correctly can produce the same result. Whatever you believe, it’s hard to argue that Old Vine wines aren't concentrated.
Despite the difficult vintage, this wine has all the qualities you want in an Old Vine Zin: ripe fruit with bold spices and a silky finish. Notes of brown spices and cocoa accentuate aromas of raspberry and cherry, and though this Zin is not jammy, there is an abundance of cherry, raspberry, and pomegranate on the palate with hints of spice backed by dusty tannins and a silky finish.