2011 Gino's Vineyard Zinfandel
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Bursting with aromas and flavors of lush ripe blackberry & red fruit with a core of sweet red currant and strawberry. Good acidity and a bright finish make this a great match for many foods.
Named after my dad, this 55-year old vineyard is five acres in size and has a very special place in my heart. Located on a rocky hillside bench on the eastern side of Dry Creek, it’s the place I used to play as a child, and where my son Adam was first introduced to viticulture. The selection of Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah grown in Gino’s Vineyard represents a traditional field blend my Father made each year.
This field blend is co-fermented, integrating the flavors from each grape variety early in the wine’s development. After fermentation the wine was aged for 18 months in 100% French Never oak barrels. The oak imparts cedar and brown spice aromas and flavors and creates supple tannins. By blending in a small amount of Carignane and Petite Syrah we were able to create a Zinfandel with deep flavor and enhanced structure, while still highlighting the quintessential Dry Creek Zinfandel characteristics.
This wine is a tribute to my father in more ways than one. We make my red wines the way my Dad taught us - keep the barrels clean and topped, and the wine will take care of itself. The 2011 vintage is full of lush ripe red fruit. It has a core of sweet red currant and strawberry. Good acidity and a bright finish make this a great match for many foods.