2003 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
T.A.: 0.710 g/100mL
Cases Produced: 152
Carlo's Ranch planted in 1934, the block from which we source
is a bit of an anomaly for old-vine Russian River Valley zinfandel.
Most Russian River Valley zinfandel vineyards from this era
have a fair amount of inter-planted black varieties - alicante
bouschet, grand noir, petite sirah, carignane and the like.
But in this case, there are only a handful of non-zin vines
(okay, so it's not 100% zin as stated above, more like 99.5%).
As was the case with many other old-vine dry farmed vineyards
in this vintage, yields here were less than 1 ton to the acre.
Tasting Note: Medium-dark ruby
in color. Effusive, hi-toned aromas of raspberries and cocoa
powder with a slight note of buttered popcorn. Yum! On the palate,
pure raspberry fruit. Full-bodied but with excellent acidity
to ensure many years of development in the bottle. Truly speaks
of Russian River Valley and its cool climate origin. Peak enjoyment
for this wine should be from late 2006 through 2012. (MRO -
Suggested Retail: $30 - Sold
Release Date: Fall 2005