Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%
Alcohol:  16.1%
pH:  3.93
TA:  6.3 g/L
Size:  750ml

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The 2018 Series: Old Vine Zinfandel

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 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 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set with moderate summer temperatures and relatively few heat spikes.  The mild weather lead to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly. We picked this single lot on September 27.

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 20 months in seven American oak barrels to develop complexity and soften the tannins.

On the nose there are aromas of earthy, spicy dark fruits - black cherry, dried cherry, blueberry, plum - brown sugar, chocolate, and orange peel. In the glass there are rich flavors of dark fruits, spice, graphite, oak, vanilla, slight stone fruit and cocoa powder. This is a big glass of wine, with a rich full entry, yet like so many wines from the Alexander Valley, there is nice acidity and balance. There is a long finish, giving you time to reflect on the Wetzel Family's long history with Zinfandel.


2018:  97 points & Five Stars - Beverage Dynamics