2014 ASR OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  14.8%

pH: 3.67

TA: 7.2

Size: 750ml

Cases:  313

2014 ASR OLD VINE ZINFANDEL

Retail Price: $45.00

Old vine Zinfandel is all about complexity and nuance, each sip shares the story of the vine.

Winemaker Kevin Hall selected Alexander Valley Zinfandel from a single 50 year old hillside vineyard near the winery for this small production wine.  The giant, gnarly old vines are head trained and spur pruned, yielding small clusters with fewer grapes per vine. 

The 2014 growing season was similar to 2013.  The ongoing drought combined with a mild winter and spring caused and early bud break, but the overall length of the growing season was similar to past years.  The lack of rain did not impact the fruit due to moderate temperatures throughout the growing season and the grapes ripened evenly.  While news of the drought dominated conversations everywhere, there was an upside; these small grapes had rich concentrated flavors, similar to the 2013s.

The small lot was cold soaked for 24 hours, then inoculated with a yeast that enhanced the Zinfandel's inherent fruitiness and spiciness.  After fermentation and pressing, the wine was aged for 21 months in American oak barrels to develop complexity and soften the tannins.

On the nose there are aromas of spicy dark fruits, plum, chocolate, graphite, oak and vanilla.  In the glass there are rich flavors of dark fruits, spice, oak, vanilla, slight stone fruit and chocolate.  While this is a big glass of wine, there is nice acidity and balance.  There is a long finish, giving you time to reflect on the Wetzel Family's history with Zinfandel.