2008 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines, Alexander Valley
Each year they consistently produce a very characteristic intense wine filled with flavors of chocolate, blackberry, and beautiful floral and spice aromatics. In 2008, the growing conditions were such that we produced one of the most balanced, luscious Todd Brothers Zinfandels.
As is our tradition, we harvested the Todd Brothers Ranch grapes before any of our other grapes, in early September. The grapes were trucked to the winery in ½ ton picking bins, and then hand sorted—to remove any materials other than grapes or less than perfect grapes—on a conveyor belt on their way to the crusher. We fermented the grapes using our traditional method of native yeast fermentation, using the yeasts on the surface of the grapes to ferment the grape must. This native yeast method maximizes flavor, color, and complexity from the grapes. At dryness, the wine was gently pressed in a membrane press and pumped to traditional 60-gallon French oak barrels.
The wine was aged for 14 months in one-year-old or older French oak barrels—we prefer the flavor of the fruit to not be overpowered by too much oak flavor. Although we often add just a bit of Petite Syrah from the vineyard when “topping” the barrels, we decided the wine was perfect as it was when we were having our blending trials. Therefore, no additional lots were blended in, resulting in a wine that was 100% from the Todd Brothers Ranch, and 99% Zinfandel. We feel this wine should easily improve with eight or more years of bottle age.
|Varietals:||99% Zinfandel, 1% Petite Syrah|
|Appellation:||Alexander Valley, Sonoma County|
|Alcohol:||14.8% by vol.|
|Time in oak:||14 months|
|Oak:||One year old or older French barrels|
|Production:||511 cases, 750mL|
|Release date:||July 1, 2010|
|Sugg. retail price:||$32.00 bottle, 750mL|
|Optimum time for consumption:||2010-2018|
|Aromas:||Floral notes of lavender and violets, followed by deep earthy and fruity flavors of blackberry, cassis, chocolate, mineral, anise, and black pepper.|
|Taste:||Quite balanced and mouthfilling, with complex flavors of blackberry and cassis fruit, followed by chocolate, licorice, and peppery spice. Substantial tannins will soften with age. Intense, complex finish.|