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2016 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel

94 - Year's Best Zinfandel | Wine & Spirits Magazine

2016 Grist Vineyard Zinfandel

Dry Creek Valley

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Tasting Notes
Rustic, earthy aromas of forest floor and red dust introduce this beautiful Zinfandel from Grist Vineyard. Raspberries, black currants, and figs provide an excellent counterpoint and pinpoint balance. The palate follows the nose, with a firm first impression that is quickly followed by elegant layers of fruit and spice. The finish is exceptionally zesty and long, with a generous savory intensity.
Vineyard Notes
Originally settled by an Italian family in the late 1800s, Grist Vineyard is now owned by Sonoma County’s Hambrecht family. This Dry Creek Valley property is on the northwestern slope of Bradford Mountain at an elevation of 1,000 feet. The volcanic, red soils — Boomer loam and Stonyford loam — are reminiscent of Tuscany’s terra rosa. We source Zinfandel fruit from 30 of the 51 total acres, which were planted in 1974. Though there is some debate, the Zinfandel vines are thought to be from the “mother” blocks planted in 1900, the Hambrecht/Mead Atlas Peak clones.

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