Tasting notes: Wet forest floor, spice, tart blackberry
VARIETIES : 100% Zinfandel
LOCATION : Solano County Green Valley
VINEYARD : Wirth Ranch Vineyard
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 370 cases
WINEMAKER’S NOTES :
Zinfandel first came to California during the Gold Rush. It grows beautifully here - thriving in California’s soil. We love the older expressions of Zinfandel before it got a bad name in California for being high in alcohol and overly ripe. Wirth Vineyard’s Zinfandel is different from our Vine Starr Zinfandel – it is slightly more concentrated with more tannins, notes of clove, cherry and beautiful acidity. The fruit is very special and we are excited to share it with you once again.
We destemmed the fruit into 5 ton stainless steel open top fermenters, where it naturally fermented. Then aged in 60 gallon neutral French Oak barrels for 10 months.
VITICULTURAL AREA :
Wirth Vineyard’s Zinfandel was planted in 1948 on the vineyard’s hillside and thrives in the volcanic, iron-rich soils. The old vines are dry farmed with low yields - getting 1 ton per acre. Steve Wirth took over farming from his dad a few decades ago. He farms the vineyard using no synthetic herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers.
At Broc Cellars, all of our wines are made using spontaneous fermentation, a process that means we only use native yeasts and bacteria that exist on the grapes in order to make wine. We don’t add anything – this includes nutrients, yeast, bacteria, enzymes, tannins or other popular fermentation agents. Sulphur is a naturally occurring element in all wine, the amount found can vary. We add little to no S02, depending on the wine and style.
There must be a person 21 or older present at the time of delivery.