2016 REDEMPTION ZINFANDEL
Wine Data

Appellation:  Dry Creek Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  15.6%

pH:  3.74

TA:  6.8%

Size:  750ml

Home Delivery Shipping Offer:  $1 per bottle + $1 order processing fee when you order a minimum of 2 bottles

2016 REDEMPTION ZINFANDEL

Retail Price: $22.00

Our 16th vintage of Redemption Zinfandel is a classic with the big rich flavors of Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel.

We harvest from two sites on the eastern side of Dry Creek Valley.  Sixty-seven percent of the grapes were harvested from a hillside vineyard on Dry Creek Road with red rocky soil.  This location produces smaller berries with higher acidity and dark fruit flavors of blackberry and blueberry.  The remaining grapes were harvested from a valley floor vineyard on West Dry Creek Road where the gravelly loam soil produces fruit with pronounced jammy flavors of black cherry, plum and black pepper.

Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years.  While the drought was far from over, we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring.  The good weather continued through the summer with no damaging heat spikes.  Harvest started and ended early, yields were reduced a little, but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar.

After harvest the fruit was cold-soaked for 24 hours, then individual lots were inoculated with different yeasts to achieve complexity in the glass.  Twice daily pumpovers followed to extract color, structure and flavor.  The wine was barrel aged for 14 months to allow the tannins to soften and the blend of the different lots to harmonize.

This dark purple wine has spicy aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, black pepper, oak and vanilla.  There are spicy flavors of black pepper, dark red and black fruit flavors of blueberry and black cherry along with chocolate.  Kevin Hall says:  "This is a big, rich wine with mouth filling texture and a long finish".

ACCOLADES:

2014:  95 points, Best of Class & Gold Medal - North of the Gate Wine Competition
2013:  95 points & Platinum Medal - San Diego International Wine Competition
2012:  96 points & Best Zinfandel - San Francisco International Wine Competition