2013 St. Francis Zinfandel Reserve

Year: 2013
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA - California
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.5%
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The 2013 Zinfandel Reserve, which was aged 20 months in French oak, is really sensational, with a dense ruby/purple color, beautiful blueberry and blackberry fruit, a judicious use of toasty oak, full-bodied opulence, a multi-layered mouthfeel, and a spectacular finish of 45 or more seconds. This is a great Zinfandel from Dry Creek to drink over the next decade." (WA)

Winery Notes:
This Reserve wine is a combination of both valley floor and hillside Zinfandel from the northern end of Dry Creek Valley. The vineyard ripened at the beginning of October 2013. This was a warm, dry year that allowed us to carefully pick by flavors not just Brix levels. The grapes were hand sorted and underwent an extended cold soak for five days. Infrequent pumpovers during fermentation allowed for greater color extraction and the ability to control tannin levels. We then complemented this fleshy wine by ageing it in 60% new French oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.

High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.

This is a spicy yet refined Zinfandel that is beautifully balanced. Aromas of cinnamon and dark mixed berry merge with flavors of blackberry jam, ripe raspberry and a touch of peppercorn. The finish is long and silky in this luxurious wine.

Excellent with Goat Cheese, Asian style Seafood and Pork