The inaugural offering of the Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel is nothing short of a blockbuster. Made from vines planted in 1890, this organically grown, dry-farmed vineyard is located near […]Read More
|Barrel Description||22% new, 22% 1 yr., 22% 2 yr., 34% 3+ yr.|
|Barrel Aged||14 months|
The inaugural offering of the Fanucchi-Wood Road Zinfandel is nothing short of a blockbuster. Made from vines planted in 1890, this organically grown, dry-farmed vineyard is located near the town of Fulton in the Russian River Valley. Though mostly Zinfandel, the vineyard also has a small percentage of Alicante Bouchet and Petite Sirah interplanted, which provides amazing structure to this wine. Bursting with notes of boysenberry, the nose transitions to a dark hoisin sauce character. The unsurpassed elegance typifies this wine. In the mouth, berry flavors harmonize with well-balanced acid, and finishes with a hint of bitter cherry. While substantial in tannin, the polish and grain are outstanding and represent a classic offering from the Fanucchi-Wood Road site.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.