A terrific red with a real Bordeaux character. Lovely fruit and balance.
First coined by winery founder David Stare in 1986, the term “Old Vine” has special
meaning to our family. We define an old vine vineyard as being more than 50 years in
age. In the case of our Old Vine Zinfandel, the vines for this bottling are an average of 90
years of age and in some cases, more than 110 years old! Old Vine vineyards remain the
most prized and historic of all plantings in the Dry Creek Valley.
2009 was almost a perfect growing season, with the only blip a minor shortage of
water from light winter rains. Growing conditions were ideal with bud break and
bloom happening normally. Summer temperatures were moderate with minimal
heat spikes. Harvest conditions were superb and by the time the rains came in early
October most of our fruit was already harvested.
At first swirl, this prized wine presents a special aromatic profile that is distinctive and
nuanced. From the beginning, one realizes that this wine is going to be a cherished
experience. Layers of briary blackberry, raspberry, exotic spice and black and white
pepper come forward. On the palate, the wine is precise and expressive, building
layers of flavor with elements of bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Several
more minutes reveal a bright earthy quality that is truly unique. This beautiful wine
is a seamless experience from start to finish.
2009 OLD VINE ZINFANDEL – DRY CREEK VALLEY
Wine Spectator Magazine
92 Points – EDITORS’ CHOICE
Wine Enthusiast Magazine
89 Points – BEST BUY
Wine & Spirits Magazine
RELEASE DATE June 2012
BLEND 86% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley
HARVEST DATES September 28-29, 2009
BRIX Average 26.3
FERMENTATION Average of 20 days, pumped over twice daily.
BARREL AGING 18 months in French, American and Hungarian oak
Hillside vineyards, mixed gravelly soil. Decomposed granite
in certain areas
VINE AGE Average age is 90 years
YIELDS Less than 2 tons per acre
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