2012 Gino's Zinfandel
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Gino's Zinfandel is a blend of three family vineyards in Sonoma County - Italo's, Gino's and La Promessa Vineyards. The selection of Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah represents a traditional blend my Father, Gino, made each year.
The 2012 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.
"Zinfandel is one of Sbragia’s specialties and the three I tasted, all from the 2012 vintage, merit mention. The outstanding 2012 Zinfandel Gino’s reveals a dark ruby color, and copious notes of briary, raspberry and black cherry fruit intermixed with notions of earth, pepper, roasted meats, and Provençal herbs. Medium to full-bodied and luscious, it is best drunk over the next 3-4 years."
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
"Mr. Sbragia rarely makes a wine that lacks for personality, and this offering runs true to form. Its concentrated aromas are layered, complex and confounding all at the same time. Initial notes of black tea and toasted tobacco are joined by hints of spices and a bare whiff of bacon, and all of this incredible bounty finds a background of melting chocolate. The wine is full on the palate, viscous and coating yet, for all of that, it manages to say Zinfandel rather than "look at my big booty," and while it is unlikely to be the choice of those who like restraint in their Zins, it will find a willing home alongside a plate of grilled sausages or as a partner to venison napped in a blackberry sauce."
The Tasting Panel Magazine
Dense and spicy with earth, ripe berries and tangy acidity; smooth, rich and balanced.
Named after my dad, this Dry Creek Valley Blend is made up of predominately our Gino’s and La Promessa Vineyards. These two vineyards are located on the rocky hillside bench that spans the eastern side of Dry Creek Valley. The grapes achieve great balance of sugar and acidity. The selection of Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah represents a traditional blend my Father made each year.
"Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and
cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into our cellar. The abundance of perfectly ripe grapes with
a smooth balance of acids and sugars - produced excellent wines.
This field blend is co-fermented, integrating the flavors early in the wine’s development. The wine is then aged for 18 months in 100% French oak barrels. The oak imparts cedar and brown spice aromas and flavors and creates supple tannins. By blending in small amounts of Carignane and Petite Sirah, we were able to create a Zinfandel with lots of depth of flavor and structure, while still highlighting 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 2012 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.
- October 2-5, 2012
- 94% Zinfandel, 4% Carignane, 2% Petite Sirah
- 6.3 gm/L