In honor of the many old Zinfandel vineyards that were overlooked for decades in Sonoma County due to prohibition, 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.
Planted to a mix of Zinfandel and a few Petite Sirah vines in the late 1800s in the new Fountaingrove District AVA, just 10 miles east of our winery, the Riebli Valley Vineyard has been farmed using organic methods for over a century.
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.
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.
Sourced and hand harvested from Fanucchi, Saitone, BCD, Slusser, Rue and Boschetti Vineyards, some of Russian River Valleys 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.