2019 Boatman Zinfandel

2019 Boatman Zinfandel

Wine Information

97% Zinfandel, 3% Petite Sirah

95 PointsOwen Bargreen
92 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
91 PointsWine Spectator




Boatman Ranch


Alexander Valley

Alcohol By Volume


Winemaker Tasting Notes

Seductive aromas of black cherry, dried fig, and clove. Intense bramble fruit on the palate with subtle hints of cardamom and fresh dill. Supple and soft tannins with a long and elegant finish. MB (12/21)

Vintage Notes

Heavy winter rains lasted well into spring, delaying bud break and bloom at this rocky hillside vineyard. Fortunately, several heat waves in August ripened the grapes by mid-September. An eleven-day fermentation extracted full color and fine tannins. After 14 months in barrel, the wine displays abundant red fruit and a sumptuous texture. Enjoyable as a young wine, this exemplary zinfandel will develop over the next six years. JO (1/21)


Tim Boatman’s grandparents, Emilia and Eugene Moretti, emigrated from the mountain town of San Pellegrinetto, Italy in the early 1900s. In 1935, Emilia and Eugene were able to acquire this fifty acre ranch that sits in the hills on the border of Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley. Eugene used the property for wood cutting and when he passed away he left the property to Tim’s mother and uncle. Tim purchased the property from them in the mid-sixties, when he was only nineteen years old. In 1972, Tim Boatman planted fifteen acres of zinfandel on the steep hillsides that surround his house. The rocky, east-facing terraces are ideal for growing intense, concentrated fruit.

Growing Season

Rainfall: 61.2 inches (above normal)
Bloom: May
Weather: Total rainfall for the season was over 60 inches, almost double our usual amounts. The vines responded with bountiful yields of great quality.


Harvest Dates: 10 & 24 September
Grapes: Average Brix 24.8˚
TA: 5.46 g/L
pH: 3.90
Fermentation: Fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; seven vineyard blocks fermented separately. Pressed at ten days.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (20% new, 15% one year-old, 15% two years-old, 25% three years-old and 25% four years-old).
Aging: Fourteen months in barrel

Sustainably farmed, hand-harvested grapes; de-stemmed and crushed; fermented on the native yeasts, followed by full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; 0.75 g/L tartaric acid added; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur for this wine (35 ppm at crush; 190 ppm over the course of aging); pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.


OwenBargreen.com: 95 Points “The 2019 ‘Boatman’ Zinfandel is a sensational new effort that is nearly 100% varietal with just a splash of Petite Sirah added. Red plum, cigar ash and blood orange zest all mark the nose. The palate is silky and elegant, with refined tannins framing everything brilliantly. Ripe red and black fruits combine with bergamot, cardamom and tobacco leaf on the palate. This is utterly sensational, well-balanced Zinfandel that has both the stuffing and acidity to cellar for another fifteen to twenty years. Drink 2022-2037.” -Owen Bargreen (March 2022)

Vinous: 92 Points “The 2019 Zinfandel Boatman brings together many of the qualities that make the Ridge wines so appealing. Intensely aromatic, silky and plush, the Boatman has it all. Bright red-fleshed fruit, blood orange, spice, mint and rose petal are beautifully layered in a juicy, forward Zinfandel that hits all of the right notes. The Boatman is supremely delicious. Enjoy it over the next decade or so.” -Antonio Galloni (May 2022)

Wine Spectator: 91 Points “A briary, old-school Zinfandel, with spry cherry, smoky dill and anise flavors that glide along toward the lively finish. Drink now through 2029.” -T.F. (June 2022)

Consumer Tasting Notes

Average Rating: 90.5

No. of Tasting Notes: 19

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