2010 Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard
The quality of the Ponzo Vineyard really shows in this vintage. The aromas are bright with blackberry and exotic spices on the nose; it is almost reminiscent of spiced, Mexican dark chocolate, laced with berries. The palate is ripe with flavors of red plum and spicy raspberries and finishes remarkably long with spicy and brambly flavors lingering and dancing on your palate. This wine typically drinks best in its youth, and though it’s drinking well now, could benefit from another year or so of bottle aging before being at its best. The grapes for this wine came from three separate blocks on the Ponzo ranch. The first is head-trained vines planted from cutting off of the original 100-year-old vineyard on the property. The second is from a block closer to the Russian River planted with cuttings of the Ridge Geyserville clone. The third is an old-vine block of gnarled head-trained vines. The 2010 growing season was not an easy one. We have all, by now, heard the horror stories of the 2010 vintage. The cool summer was punctuated with a 110 degree weekend in August that wreaked havoc on many vineyards. The Ponzo Vineyard, where our Zinfandel comes from was not spared of this heat spell. For nearly two weeks leading up to harvest, we dropped approximately half of the fruit that had been scorched and turned to raisins. We then meticulously went through each row and selected only the best remaining clusters. The yield was small, but the quality was fantastic and we couldn’t be happier to share this wine with you.