Rich and spicy, with dusty oak tannins and lingering fruit, this old vine Zin is grown right here in St. Helena. Quaglia Vineyard is actually two separate vineyards here in St. Helena, about a mile apart. One parcel is on Spring Street on the west side of town; the other is on Pratt Avenue, just north of town. Both have been in the Quaglia family for more than seventy years and both sport beautiful and gnarly old head-pruned vines, some over eighty years old.
ANCIENT VINE ZINFANDEL - New Vintage!
Nestled in the upper reaches of the Russian River Valley and lying within the Chalk Hill AVA, these 80 year old vines produce an earthy, complex Zin with a fiery streak of black pepper and layer upon layer of complexity. Just begging to be paired with a pepper crusted rib eye.
This spectacular Zin is an eye-opener. Grown in the fertile Lodi area where Zinfandel has a long history, this is vibrant and delicious, with ripe blueberry and sweet spice. Easy to drink, this one’s already a winner.
The 2010 Ramazzotti is an impressive Zinfandel, succeeding as few do in being both rich and wonderfully well-polished at the same time. Although delicious now, is balanced to age and will likely be optimal from 2015-2020.
From head-trained, dry-farmed vines in Dry Creek Valley, this old-vine Zinfandel has intense deep blackberry aromas and an extraordinary concentration of ripe flavors accented with aromatic spice and toasty oak. The dark fruit flavors are persistent, enveloped in a velvety texture.
This 2010 vintage has a fragrant ripe boysenberry bouquet and a flavor profile of ripe blackberry with a little black cherry and hints of sweet cola. There's just enough oak in the prolonged finish which, unlike many Russian River Zins that can be big and high-alcohol, is silky smooth.
Fingers of Pacific fog follow the Russian River inland, cooling its watershed ahead of the surrounding terrain and making the area markedly cooler. This appellation, already well-revered for its Pinot Noirs, has been very consistent with producing well-bred and extracted Zinfandels.
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