2011 Carmichael Ranch

2011 Carmichael Ranch Zinfandel

Varietal Information
82% zinfandel
8% petite sirah
8% carignane
2% alicante bouschet

40 barrels produced

History

Originally a part of the Rancho Sotoyomi land grant, these one hundred acres were purchased in the mid-1800s by Archibald Carmichael. Ridge began farming the western half of the ranch in 2000. The soils differ considerably between the upper and lower blocks. The Carmichael comes from just east of the abandoned right of way of the old Northwestern Pacific railroad. This is our sixth release from the ranch.

Vintage

Harvest Date: 21-24 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.6˚
Fermentation: A six day natural fermentation was carried out in small fermentors; pressed early the natural secondary fermentation finished in mid-October.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak: (17% new, 19% one year old, 22% two to three years old and 42% four to five years old).
Aging: Fifteen months in barrel

Growing Season

Rainfall: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring followed by an atypically cool summer; with no sustained heat spells.

Tasting Notes and Reviews
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