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: 24 September and 1 October
Grapes: Average brix 24.5 degrees
Fermentation: No inoculation—natural primary and secondary. Rapid color and tannin extraction. Pressed at seven 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: 40 inches (above average)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Wet spring and a typically cool summer, with no sustained heat spells.
Winemaker Tasting Notes
Vibrant ruby color, floral nose with notes of black pepper, cherry and clove. Focused raspberry fruit on the palate with mint
and vanilla, moderate alcohol, elegant tannins and well balanced acidity.