Tasting Notes: Raspberry tea, black currant, white pepper
Our inspiration for Vine Starr comes from where the Beaujolais and Northern Rhone meet. The wine has evolved from our first vintage in 2006 when it was a blend of Zinfandel and Syrah. It’s been 100% Zinfandel since 2009, when we blended varieties from two sites in Sonoma – Arrowhead and Buck Hill Vineyards. The goal with the blend is always to make the best Zinfandel from our best barrels across the two vineyards. This year’s consists of nearly half Arrowhead and half Buck Hill. We always harvest the Zinfandel early to highlight acidity and fresh fruit. This vintage, we destemmed the fruit and allowed native fermentation to occur in stainless steel tanks. After pressing we aged the wine for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. The result is a delightful, uplifted version of Zinfandel you are sure to enjoy. This wine has aging potential. We recommend drinking between now and 2028.
VARIETIES: 100% Zinfandel
VINEYARD: Arrowhead Mountain Vineyard and Buck Hill Vineyard
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 227 cases