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2007 Zinfandel Old Vine, El Dorado
Our El Dorado Old Vine Zinfandel came from one of the oldest vineyards in the Sierra Foothills. This classic zinfandel will coat your mouth with rustic flavors of raspberry and black pepper. The wonderful rich, spicy but fruity finish will leave you asking for more.
A pre-fermentation cold soak with traditional pump-over cap management preserved the unique fruit qualities of this wine. After malolactic fermentation occurred in neutral wood, an addition of 40% new American oak was used to enhance the spice flavor and framed the fruit to add structure in the mid-palate. During 14 months of aging, this wine was racked once and only lightly filtered before bottling.
Our grapes benefit from the high elevation vineyards (about 2200 ft) and the rich, well drained soils. The Old Vines and deep root-systems contribute to the intense, ripe, and full bodied flavors. This, combined with minimal irrigation, resulted in a balanced wine rich in varietal character. The vines for our Zinfandel are 75–85 years old and yield about 2 tons of fruit per acre. Click here to read the winespectator.com article on the region this wine comes from.
Vintners experienced at least two and sometimes three different phases of harvest in 2007. After a dry winter and a warm spring, the grapes had an early start with a smaller crop but great anticipation. Only one heat spike during Labor Day allowed for warm summer days and cool nights which permitted grapes to slowly reach optimum maturity while maintain excellent natural acidity. Weather turned cool and even chilly in September, followed by periodic rainstorms. The 2007 vintage provided grapes of exceptional quality and may be the best vintage in years!