2012 Reserve Old Vine Zinfandel, Standley Vineyard
Standley Vineyard is a small old block that sits on a hillside overlooking Dry Creek Valley. Farmer Tom Standley, says he once asked his grandmother when the vines were planted and she said she remembers them being there since she was a little girl growing up on the ranch. The vines are short and gnarled and we are happy when we can make 150 cases from the two acre vineyard because the crop is always small. A normal production from two acres of Zinfandel would be closer to 250 cases. 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 ailments; 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. Notes of brown spices and cocoa accentuate aromas of raspberry and cherry on the palate. Hints of spice are backed by dusty tannins and a silky finish. In 2013 the Standley’s were forced to sell their ranch and the vineyard has since been torn out.
Cases Produced 150