2016 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
We picked one ton of fruit starting at 3am in the morning using head lamps. Each cluster was individually selected by taste and appearance for quality. The grapes were destemmed and gently added to a one ton fermenter to cold soak for five days with 2 punch downs per day. Primary and secondary fermentations were wild. Once the Primary fermentation started, three punch downs were performed per day. The grapes were gently pressed in our basket bladder press and the wine was transferred to Medium + toasted head Francois Freres barrels. Aged for 14 months in 1 and 2 year old barrels on the thick lees.
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Love vineyard is a tiny one acre vineyard on Westside road near William Selyem Winery in the Russian River Valley. This site has the perfect balance of sun and coastal influence to ripen Zinfandel and also retain great acidity to produce a balanced wine. The vineyard has a few Petite Sirah vines mixed in with the Zinfandel to produce a perfect field blend.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Winemakers: Emma Kudritzki Hall and Jesse Hall
Production: 48 cases
Total acidity: 6.2 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.1 g/l00ml
Yield 2 tons/acre
Clones: Saint Peters Church