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Cranberry, rose petal, and chaparral nose. Medium-bodied with focused black cherry fruit, bright, refreshing acidity, and a long clean finish. JO (7/22)
Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Born in Italy, Manuel Demostene moved to Healdsburg in 1902 where he found work on Santo Botti’s ranch. Santo died the next year and in 1906 Manuel married his widow, Julia, taking possession of the ranch. Around the same time, Abele Ferrari arrived from Italy and purchased what is now known as the Healdsburg Machine Shop. In 1925, he purchased the run-down Soda Rock Winery, refurbishing it after prohibition. Abele’s daughter, Rose, married Manuel’s son, Leo in 1936 and they later helped run Soda Rock while raising four children on the property. The couple bought the 113-acre Sausal Ranch in 1956 and continued to buy more nearby land for their two sons, Ed and David. This wine comes from vines planted over one hundred years ago on Ed’s original twenty-ﬁve acres. Ed, who passed away in 2015, taught his daughter, Leisa, everything he knows about growing grapes. Leisa and Ward continue the family legacy, giving special attention to that block of old vine zinfandel and carignane.
This crispy, rich duck confit is the perfect cozy and impressive dish for wintertime get-togethers and pairs beautifully with Demostene’s bright red fruit and vibrant acidity.
“The 2019 ‘Demostene Ranch’ combines 58% Zinfandel and 42% Carignane which was sourced from old-vine plantings in the Alexander Valley. The nose shows dill and coffee ground notes alongside bramble and dried herbs alongside black cherry notes. The palate is silky smooth and refined with a seamless texture. These two varietals seem to complement each other so well, as this quite literally sings in unison with its pretty core of red and dark fruits alongside salty and savory notes. The combination of bright acidity and weight suggests this will easily cellar for another ten plus years. Drink 2023-2035.” -Owen Bargreen (April 2023)
“Bright and vibrant, with cherry and dried cranberry flavors accented by green peppercorn and licorice. Ends with zesty tannins. Zinfandel and Carignane. Drink now through 2032.” -T.F. (June 2023)
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