With the release of our latest small bottling of zinfandel from the San Lorenzo Vineyard, we take a deeper look at this historic vineyard, discussing the wine and our partnership with the Seghesio family.
The San Lorenzo Vineyard in the Russian River Valley is owned by Pete Seghesio. The vineyard was purchased in 1896 by Pete’s grandfather, who received 10 gold coins from his work cooking in the California gold fields. The purchase deed makes reference to a young vineyard already producing on the property, suggesting that the vineyard was planted as early as 1892.
The original plantings are named “The Pearl” after Pete’s mother. The Pearl became the cornerstone for subsequent plantings on San Lorenzo, which is today, one of the most iconic vineyards in California. The vineyard consists of nearly 40 acres of zinfandel, primitivo, and petite sirah, all head-trained and planted on a mix of dibble clay loam and haire gravelly loam soils. Idyllically located aside the foggy Russian River and bordering the town of Healdsburg, San Lorenzo spans both Alexander and Russian River Valleys.
This is Ridge’s second bottling from the San Lorenzo Vineyard. After several drought years, 2019 brought above-average rainfall (almost double our usual amounts) and the vines responded with bountiful yields of great quality. We harvested on September 24th at an average of 25.8° brix. Grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, pumped over a floating cap twice daily, and pressed at eleven days. The wine was aged in American oak for fourteen months.
Our new release of San Lorenzo Zinfandel has rich aromas of black cherry, cocoa, and roasted meat, with bramble fruit and sweet brown spice on the palate. Deep color, briary fruit and a well-coated tannic structure are hallmarks of this classic field blend; it can be enjoyed over the next eight years.