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In this offering, juicy boysenberry and blackberry aromas jump from the glass. Layered beneath the dark fruits are brighter red fruits that add a refreshing quality, while brambles […]Read More
|Barrel Description||33% new, 30% 1 yr., 33% 2 yr., 4% 3 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||13 months|
In this offering, juicy boysenberry and blackberry aromas jump from the glass. Layered beneath the dark fruits are brighter red fruits that add a refreshing quality, while brambles and anise further augment the complexity of this wine. A fruit basket of flavors on the palate are balanced by hints of citrus and citrus peel. Even in its youth this wine shows great resolution of tannin. A pairing of braised lamb shanks would be an excellent choice.
It was an auspicious start to the 2017 growing season with steady rain followed by dry spells which allowed for the soil profile to fill up progressively. The waterworks kicked into high gear in January at which point over 20 inches of rain had accumulated. That’s nearly double the historical average. 2017 was epic in many respects and at one point the Russian River waters touched Westside Road and the winery was waterfront property! As the waters receded and the soil dried up, temperatures moderated, and bud break ensued by mid-March. Steady rain through the vegetative cycle was balanced with days of brilliant sunshine which helped to grow green, healthy plants. The weather was very fine in May for the flowering period and ideal for the fruit set. As the season progressed there were periods of heat that occurred with some regularity. With plenty of water in the soil profile, the plants did not stress too much and physiological maturity continued at an accelerated pace. Due to the diversity in our vineyard sources, there is normally a natural spread in the pick dates. However, in 2017 there was compression of the harvest and many of the vineyards were ready in a short period of time. The process was nearly complete by the time the intense Labor Day heat wave hit and, thankfully, had concluded before the devastating wildfires in October. Through a Herculean effort in the vineyards and at the winery we were able to pick the grapes at the optimal time and preserve the freshness and acidity of the vintage. The consequent wines show a refinement to the tannin structure which will allow for early consumption but will age gracefully with mid-term cellaring. Through and through, the 2017 is an excellent vintage.
The 2017 Zinfandel Papera Vineyard is medium to deep ruby-purple with a nose of peach and blueberry pie, boysenberry jam, warm black fruits and floral perfume. Medium to full-bodied with concentrated warm fruits, it has firm, slightly chewy tannins with good freshness and a long, warm fruit finish. 486 cases produced. Anticipated maturity: 2019- 2027.
This wine from a historic, old-vine site offers tones of candied cherry and ginger that are met by Christmas cake and baking spice. The palate is soft and silky in texture, with plenty of fresh, juicy acidity for balance. —V.B.