In honor of the many old Zinfandel vineyards that were overlooked for decades in Sonoma County, our Forgotten Vines blend is comprised of several exemplary mature vineyards. These heritage vineyards were first planted in the late 1800s and early 1900s in the warmer reaches of the region. Planted as field blends, Zinfandel is the primary varietal planted, but not the only varietal. Petite Sirah, Carignane, Alicante Bouchet and even some native vines can also be found in some of the vineyards. The vineyards are harvested separately and remain separate throughout fermentation and aging until the final Forgotten Vines blend is crafted.
Sourced and hand harvested from Saitone, Hill View and Slusser Vineyards, some of Russian River Valley's premier old vine Zinfandel vineyards, the fruit for this delicious wine was chosen for superior quality and variety. In warmer reaches of the valley where old vines persevere, grapes ripen over an extended season to develop wonderfully complex flavors.
A deep ruby color in the glass, our 2015 Rue Vineyard Zinfandel offers dark aromas of black cherry with savory notes of tobacco leaf. A richly layered palate exhibits brambly flavors of black raspberry and cassis with a hint of soft spice. The dusty, firm tannins and coating mouthfeel lead to a lingering finish.
Aromas of brambleberry and blueberry jump out of the glass of our 2014 Riebli Valley Vineyard Zinfandel. Concentrated flavors of raspberry and black currant, espresso and licorice coast the palate in this classic Zinfandel. Dense and spreading, this rich Zinfandel's balanced acidity and strong tannins ensure this to be both immediately enjoyable, but also an age-worthy wine.
Garnet in the glass, this big, well-structured Zinfandel opens with aromas of ripe, black fruit and a touch of pepper. Flavors of plum and cherry laced with cocoa powder and a hint of minerality lead to a long, satisfying finish.