2008 ZINFANDEL - DRY CREEK VALLEYINTRODUCTIONRedbone wines come from the heart of Dry Creek Valley, where the soils are poor in nutrients, very free draining, and rocky to boot. When we talk boney these soils are just that. But man do these soils make intense wines. Rich, concentrated, and unforgiving., these wines have layers and layers of flavor that just last in the mouth!VINEYARD PROFILEZinfandel is one of the most amazing varieties to work with and is totally unique to California. Location and clone are keys to its success and so I look for vineyards with the exposure combined with deep fertile soils. Dry Creek is the perfect appellation for this and the Stefani Ranch is a jewel within. Not only do I want a full, powerfull, rich wine without the extremes in alcohol but a vineyard that really shows the jam and spice inherent in the varietal. An undulating vineyard situated off the valley floor of Dry Creek with great exposure and rich soils, Stefani Ranch produces Zinfandel and Petite Sirah that are totally uncomromising in varietal characters.
Nick GoldschmidtTASTING NOTESZinfandel from the Stefani Ranch makes wines that are pure in character and rich in flavor. The nose is blackberry, peppery and spicy and follows through onto the pallet making the entry sweet round and fruity. The finish is powerful with great structure and supple tannins making the flavors last in the mouth. A little Petite also adds just that little depth of structure right on the finish and so adding a length to the wine that will surprise.TECHNICAL INFORMATION96% Zinfandel
4% Petite Sirah
Total Acidity: .60g/l
Residual Sugar: dry
Aging: Oak aging