This wine was first released in 1997 as Heritage Clone Zinfandel. Using old vine
budwood grafted into a new vineyard, the Heritage bottling represents the best of
a young vine Zin with distinctive old vine characters.
The 2010 vintage may go down as one of the more difficult, challenging vintages of
the last decade. With varied growing conditions, it was incredibly important to stay
on top of the vineyard ensuring that the canopy was well managed. Late spring rains,
a cool summer and then several heat spikes before and during harvest added to the
challenge. However, our winemaking and vineyard team really came through, keeping a cool head and bringing in fruit that achieved full ripeness, flavor and balance.
The 2010 vintage of Heritage Zinfandel presents an excellent cool vintage aroma
profile of blueberry, red currants, earthy dustiness and mineral nuances. The low
alcohol nature of this wine shines through immediately with silky smooth tannins and
a firm grip of natural acidity and balance. The fruit is substantial with layers of black
cherry, mixed berries, currants and allspice. This Zinfandel is superbly balanced and
satisfying, repeating the earthy, mixed berry theme while also carrying forward subtler
hints of white and black pepper. The finish lingers on creating a mouth-watering
desire for another sip.
More Like a Bordeaux than a Rhone, here is a lovely dinner wine to enjoy with game, beef, pork and pasta.
RELEASE DATE December 2012
BLEND 88% Zinfandel, 12% Petite Sirah
APPELLATION Sonoma County
HARVEST DATES September-October 2010
BRIX Average 24.8
Average 18 days in stainless steel fermenters; pumped over
twice daily during fermentation.
14 months in French, American, and Hungarian oak;
15% new oak
Varies with a combination of gravelly loam and clay loam
on rolling hills to steep hillsides.
VINE AGE Average vine age is 30 years
YIELDS Averages 3 to 6 tons per acre
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