2016 ASR OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Zinfandel 100%

Alcohol:  16.1%

pH:  3.79

TA:  6.95 g/L

Size:  750ml

Cases: 153

2016 ASR OLD VINE ZINFANDEL

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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.   

Overall, 2016 was a more normal growing season than the last few years.  While the drought was still persistent, we received much needed rain over the winter and early spring.  The good weather continued through the summer with no damaging heat spikes.  Yields were slightly reduced, but the quality and flavor of the grapes were stellar.
   
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 22 months in six American oak barrels to develop complexity and soften the tannins. 

On the nose there are aromas of spicy dark fruits, plum, chocolate, dried cherries, graphite, blueberry, 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. 

Accolades:

2016:  88 points - Wine Advocate