The inaugural offering from our Saitone Estate Vineyard is a knockout. Planted in 1895, this vineyard is in the heart of old-vine Zinfandel country on Olivet Road in […]Read More
|Barrel Description||30% new, 10% 1 yr., 20% 2 yr., 40% 3 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||15 months|
The inaugural offering from our Saitone Estate Vineyard is a knockout. Planted in 1895, this vineyard is in the heart of old-vine Zinfandel country on Olivet Road in the Russian River Valley. Planted to mostly Zinfandel, there are some mixed varieties interspersed in the field. Immediately apparent on the nose is red raspberry with hints of Santa Rosa plum. Predominately red-fruited, there is some underlying black fruit that adds depth. Notes of Asian five spice mix with dried herbs and minerals on the nose. In the mouth, the fireworks continue with an incredible balance of extract, tannin, and refreshing acidity. Red fruit flavors abound while minerals take over in the middle palate and finish with a surprising citrusy sensation. This is old-vine Zinfandel at its best!
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.