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2010 Zinfandel Carmichael Ranch - No Reorders Available


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2010 Zinfandel Carmichael Ranch - No Reorders Available



 
2010 Zinfandel Carmichael Ranch
84% zinfandel, 12% petite sirah, 4% carignane

Winemaker Tasting Notes
Opaque, full garnet red color; Intense ripe brambles, plum, mint, and sweet oak; Rich entry, fully ripe, concentrated core fruit, exotic spice, creamy texture, round tannins, mineral complexity in finish.

Three years of drought ended with 2010's drenching rains. Late-May storms disrupted bloom, cutting yields, and persistent fog kept temperatures below average through much of summer. Leaf-pulling helped to combat mildew, but the now-exposed fruit was damaged by a severe heat wave during veraison. Picking of the oldest vines began mid-September, and finished with a younger parcel on October 6. During natural-yeast fermentation, each circulation of juice over the cap of skins extracted extraordinary color. Pressed on day six, the lots underwent a slow natural malolactic before assemblage. Once blended, the wine was racked to air-dried american oak barrels for aging. Complemented by the vineyard's petite sirah and carignane, this rich zinfandel has wonderful depth. It is approachable now, and will be most enjoyable over the next five to seven years. EB (1/12)