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2009 Old School Zinfandel
78% zinfandel, 14% carignane, 8% petite sirah
Due to extremely limited production size, additional re-order quantities of this wine are not available.
Despite gentler weather than last year, rainfall remained below average. The water-stressed vines ripened ahead of the rest, and were picked separately. Our new receiving system, installed just in time for vintage, enabled meticulous sorting and delivery of fruit to the crusher. Natural-yeast fermentation lasted seven days; twice-daily pump-overs extracted color and tannin. Once pressed, the wines quickly finished secondary fermentation. Old School is a selection of the ripest lots from our Geyserville vineyards. This blend includes carignane for firm acidity, and petite sirah for structure. Fifteen months in american oak, with quarterly rackings off sediment, has brought the wine into fine balance. Intense fruit will dominate for five to six years; additional bottle age will contribute additional complexity.