2013 Papera Vineyard Zinfandel

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2018-2023 OPTIMAL DRINKING WINDOW
Russian River Valley Papera Vineyard
RELEASE PRICE $55 Past Release

Winemakers Notes

The profile of the Papera Zinfandel boasts of heavy black fruits and offers an explosion of aromas and flavors. Intense notes of baking spices, India ink, and coffee […]

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Technical Notes

TA 0.68g/100mL
pH 3.40
Alc. 14.8%
Barrel Description 20% new, 25% 1yr., 28% 2yrs., 27% 3+ yrs.
Barrel Aged 14 months
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Winemakers Notes

The profile of the Papera Zinfandel boasts of heavy black fruits and offers an explosion of aromas and flavors. Intense notes of baking spices, India ink, and coffee intermingle with boysenberry, blackberry, peach and nectarine on the nose. Though this wine is comprised of rich flavors, it somehow remains light in weight thanks to hints of violets and purple flowers, and refreshing acidity. Notes of blackberry cobbler and cocoa nib cling to the palate of this classic old-vine Zinfandel.

Harvest Notes

With great back-to-back vintages, 2013 was every bit as good as 2012 has proven to be. Amidst concerns about another drought year, the rain gauges filled up to about 80% of the yearly average. The growing conditions were very favorable, which resulted in a remarkably similar growing season to the exceptional 2012 vintage. The only notable difference, however, was the increase of heat units in 2013, as measured by the Growing Degree Day index. With below average rainfall for the season bud break initiated earlier than average along Westside Road. April showers helped to drive good shoot growth and set the plants up for May flowering. Excellent weather at flowering time allowed for fantastic set and a bountiful yield across all appellations and varieties. Even with an earlier start to the growing season, the grapes had the ideal amount of time on the vine to achieve full maturity without any threat of inclement weather late in the season. Wines from the 2013 vintage exhibit extremely pure and polished tannins and the acidity will provide longevity, but the supple structure also offers earlier enjoyment.

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