Bob Ponzo has farmed these grapes for us in the Russian River Valley since 1999.
Bob's vineyard, on deep gravely loam soils four and a half miles south of Lytton Springs, provides all of the fruit for this zinfandel.
The Russian River Valley's cooler microclimate ripens this fruit shortly after Lytton Springs and Geyserville.
Small amounts of petite sirah are interplanted with zinfandel in the oldest block.
Harvest Dates: 7 October and 18 October
Grapes: Average brix 26.1 degrees
Fermentation: Grapes destemmed and crushed, pumped over a floating cap and pressed at nine days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried american oak barrels (20% new, 40% one and two years old, 40% three and four years old)
Aging: Twelve months in barrel
Rainfall: 24 inches (below average)
Weather: Wet spring and a long, mild summer.
Hand harvested, Bob Ponzo vineyard grapes; destemmed and crushed; fermented on
the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; minimum
effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush, 112 ppm over the course of aging);
oak from barrel aging; pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal
intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Aromas of blackberry, mango and sweet toasted oak. Concentrated black cherry fruit on entry followed
by soft round tannins and floral notes; long, lively finish.