Sbragia Family Vineyard

2012 GINO'S ESTATE Zinfandel

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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 represent a traditional blend my Father made each year.  

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Vineyard

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 represent a traditional blend my Father made each year.  

Vintage

"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 The Gino’s Estate Vineyard is intentionally farmed at lower yields bringing only the very best grape to harvest. 

Winemaking

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 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 lots of depth of flavor and structure, while still highlighting quintessential Dry Creek Zinfandel characteristics.

Winemaker Comments

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.

Technical Information

Harvest
October 4, 2012
Blend
86% Zinfandel, 9% Carignane, 5% Petite Sirah
Alcohol
15.8%
TA
6.1 gm/L
pH
3.87
Produced
468

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2012 GINO'S ESTATE Zinfandel