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2011 Zinfandel Carmichael Ranch

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2011 Zinfandel Carmichael Ranch

Price: $30.00

2011 Carmichael Ranch Zinfandel
82% zinfandel, 8% carignane, 8% petite sirah, 2% alicante bouschet

Winemaker Tasting Notes
Cherry-raspberry high-toned fruit aroma, peppermint, dusty clay mineral earth; lively acid entry, juicy red fruit, mint, medium-fullness, youthful chalky tannins, soft finish. Decanting recommended.

This forty-acre vineyard, named for the 19th century landowner, Archibald Carmichael, was restored by Ridge starting in 2000. The oldest vines were kept in production, while fallow areas were replanted. From west to east, the soil changes from gravel to clay loam. Harvesting for the first time, we noticed significant differences in wines from the two soils. This year's selection includes vines that lie at the transition between the two. One parcel is a vineyard blend; another is planted, in separate rows, to petite sirah and zinfandel. The remaining four parcels are old-vine zinfandel from the clay soils to the east. Low yields and unusually cool weather developed deep color and rich tannins in the wine. Fully ripe, its lovely fruit can best be enjoyed over the next six to eight years. EB (12/12)