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 first production from the San Lorenzo Vineyard. After a winter with below average rainfall, late spring rains helped the vines get through the summer. We harvested on September 15 & 22 at an average of 25.5° brix. Grapes were de-stemmed and crushed, pumped over a floating cap twice daily, and pressed at eleven days. The wine was aged in 15% new and 85% neutral American oak for fourteen months.
Our inaugural release of San Lorenzo Zinfandel is deep ruby in color with aromas of dark chocolate and black cherry, medium to full bodied with well-coated tannins, and powerful but supple on the finish. This exceptional zinfandel will be enjoyable over the next eight years.
To cap off an incredible partnership, we are delighted to be working with Pete Seghesio’s Journeyman Meat Co. to create our Journeyman Pairing Pack! Journeyman has created a custom version of their signature Finocchiona salumi that’s made with our Lytton Springs wine and we’re pairing it with two of our favorite hearty zinfandels. The package includes one custom Journeyman salumi chub alongside one bottle each of 2018 Lytton Springs and 2018 San Lorenzo.