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2015 Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel

92 Points | Wine & Spirits Magazine - Year's Best US Zinfandels

2015 Maffei Vineyard Zinfandel

Russian River Valley

Tasting Notes
The historic Maffei Vineyard consistently delivers classic Russian River Valley Zinfandel characteristics, and the 2015 vintage expresses them in pure form. The initial bouquet is floral and elegant with dark brambly fruit and hints of white pepper. After a few moments in the glass, this deep garnet red wine becomes quite savory, exuding aromas of black currant, eucalyptus, violets and sage brown butter. Bursting, lifted flavors of blackberry balsamic reduction, mulberry, cedar and dark chocolate are complemented by subtle hints of pink peppercorn and highlighted by brilliant acidity. Displaying both power and grace, the concentrated finish is packed with purple fruit flavors and framed by firm, expansive tannins that coat the palate and lead to a long, velvety finish.
Vineyard Notes
This picturesque site is located on Olivet Road, between Piner and River roads, providing a snapshot of California Zinfandel history with its gnarly, head-trained, 90+-year-old vines. Registered by the Historic Vineyard Society, Maffei Vineyard was originally planted with a heritage selection of Zinfandel in the 1920s by Umberto and Maria Maffei, grandparents to current owner/vineyard manager Joanne Maffei. Joanne meticulously tends to the vineyard, walking the blocks on a daily basis to manage each vine individually, pulling leaves to provide filtered light and dropping clusters in order to maintain optimal vine balance and maturity of fruit flavors. We are truly honored to be one of four wineries that receive grapes from this special and historic site.
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