Tasting Notes: Ripe Strawberry, Green Tea, Late-Harvest Blackberry
Zinfandel first came to California during the Gold Rush. It grows beautifully here – thriving in California’s soil. We started working with Zinfandel making our Vine Starr, then we made a White Zinfandel and use it in our Love Rosé blend. Two years ago we wanted to produce a wine with old vine Zinfandel. We love older expressions of California Zinfandel before it got a bad name for being too high in alcohol and overly ripe. Wirth Ranch’s Zinfandel is different from our Vine Starr – the vines are older, which produces a slightly more concentrated wine with more tannins, notes of clove, cherry and vibrant acidity. The old vine fruit is very special, and we are excited to share it with you once again.
The grapes were naturally fermented with 80% whole cluster and 20% de-stemmed fruit on top in a 5 ton stainless steel open top fermenter and pumped over the juice twice per day. We aged the wine in 60 gallon neutral French Oak barrels for 10 months.
VARIETIES : 100% Zinfandel
LOCATION : Solano County Green Valley
VINEYARD : Wirth Ranch Vineyard
TOTAL PRODUCTION: 111 cases