Past Vintages

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2006 Zinfandel Late Harvest
We’ve made a Late Harvest Zinfandel from the remarkable Bella Vineyard, owned by Scott and Lynn Adams, since 2001. We love this vineyard for the complexity and intensity of the fruit, and also for the wonderful acidity of the grapes that help make this unctuously sweet dessert wine so focused and clear. It’s never cloying, and always finishes with a crisp, clean, sweet note. Without a doubt this is one of our most popular wines. Unfortunately, in 2006 the climate and vines collaborated to reduce the yield in the vineyard substantially. So, we were only able to make about half the normal quantity of this excellent wine. As is traditional with this wine, we let these grapes hang on the vine over a month after the rest of the grapes in the vineyard were picked, to concentrate flavors and sugar. In early November, just before the rains, we finally harvested the grapes to create this black, intense essence of zinfandel.
2006 Zinfandel Louvau Vineyard Old Vines, Dry Creek Valley
These 70-year-old vines are some of the best vines in the Sonoma wine country. They were discovered by John Louvau on his newly-bought property in 1989, hidden beneath a field of weeds and blackberry vines that had grown over the old grapevines. John nursed the vines back to health and now they produce some of the best grapes on the entire property.
2006 Zinfandel, Florence Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
A phenomenally rich wine from one of the best up-and-coming vineyards in all of Dry Creek Valley! The grapes from this vineyard were planted from cuttings of the St. Peters Church clone, and the cuttings were directly taken from vines on the famous Rockpile Ranch in northern Dry Creek. This first wine just bowled us over with its intensely aromatic nose, its round, lush mouthfeel, and its array of complex flavors.
2006 Zinfandel, Todd Brothers Ranch Old Vines, Alexander Valley
This steep slope of bright red rocky soil, located just a few miles from the center of Geyserville, is one of our favorite vineyards in Sonoma County. These thick, gnarled zinfandel vines produce one of most intense, dark, and distinctive wines.
2005 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley
The Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the Todd Brothers Ranch—located in the steep hills of Geyserville—produce a classic Bordeau-style wine, with intense fruit, great structure, and full tannins that respond beautifully to extended bottle age. It exhibits all of the intensity and complexity of Alexander Valley Cabernet, but with a very balanced, elegant style that is reminiscent of a European wine.
2005 Late Harvest Zinfandel
We love these vines at the Bella Winery estate (owned by Scott and Lynn Adams), in the northern section of Dry Creek Valley. It’s a perfect vineyard for creating a sweet dessert wine, because the flavors of the grapes are so intense and we are able to let the grapes hang on the vine so long without losing acidity. Without a doubt this is one of our most popular wines, and we’ve increased the quantity we made in 2005 to keep up with the demand. The vintage was perfect in 2005 to make a very balanced Late Harvest zinfandel; it’s one of our favorites. We let these grapes hang on the vine over a month after the rest of the grapes were picked, to concentrate flavors and sugar. Since it was such a late harvest, we finally harvested the grapes to create this black, intense essence of zinfandel in early November, just before the rains.