2012 Zinfandel, Ponzo Vineyard
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Gold Medal– San Francisco Intl. Wine Comp.
Gold Medal– SF Chronicle Wine Comp.
Gold Medal– North of the Gate Wine Comp.
91 Points– California Grapevine
The Ponzo family has been farming their ranch just South of Healdsburg, on the Russian River, since 1929. The vineyard lines the border of Dry Creek and Russian River Valley appellations. The grapes for this wine came from two separate blocks on the Ponzo ranch. The first is head-trained vines planted from cuttings 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 2012 season began with heavy spring rains, fueling vigorous vine growth. The summer was warm and consistent, with no extreme heat spells. The ideal ripening conditions allowed us to pick at ideal maturity with exceptional flavor development. The 2012 Zinfandel shows bright aromas of raspberry with notes of spice and pepper. It is rich and well balanced with ripe flavors of red plum and wild strawberries. The wine finishes remarkably long with spicy vanilla and brambly flavors lingering. This wine typically drinks best in its youth, and will be drinking best within the next two years.
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