Our 2014 Rue Vineyard Zinfandel offers aromas of wild red fruit, brambles that are enticingly complemented by expressive perfume notes that linger on the nose. A layered and complex palate displays lavors of raspberry, black cherry and a touch of spice. This rich, lingering wine is an excellent expression of the Olivet Bench terroir.
Located in the Russian River Valley, the 10-acre century-old Rue Vineyard is perfectly situated just off of Wood Road and meticulously farmed by Bob and Carlene Rue. The soil is a sandy loam with a low pH that allows the planted ancient vines to produce small Zinfandel berries with concentrated flavors.
Winemaking is made easy by the small,
open-clustered, thick-skinned fruit. The grapes go through wild fermentation in open-top vats with hand punchdowns occurring twice a day, after which the must is basket-pressed and barrel-aged 13 months in American, Hungarian and French oak, 15% new.