2018 Russian River Valley Zinfandel
The 2018 old vine Marcucci Vineyard Zinfandel from the Russian River Valley is nearly fifty-five years old and was planted according to the old Italian Field Blend recipe that includes Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, Petite Sirah, and some white varieties such as Golden Chasselas! The complexity and intensity were born of the mysteries that occur during co-fermentation. Santa Rosa plum, juicy bramble spice, oil of tangerine peel, with notes of perfumed ripe blackberry lead into round velvet tannins on the finish. Despite its intense energy and approachability, we think this wine will drink beautifully over the next eight plus years. The grapes were harvested by hand starting at 4am before being 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. Our Zinfandel was aged for fourteen months in 33% new French medium toast Boutes and Francois Freres barrels on the thick lees. This Zinfandel was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Wine rated 91 points by the Wine Enthusiast: This is a tiny production field blend led by Zin with smaller amounts of Alicante Bouschet, Carignan, Petite Sirah and Golden Chasselas. Cofermented, it was given 14 months in French oak, a minority new. Baked red fruit, spicy cinnamon and sweet oak contribute soft, rounded layers of flavor boosted by underling acidity. VIRGINIE BOONE
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The Marcucci Vineyard was planted in 1966 and is located on the top of the hill on Laguna road in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. This wine follows the Italian tradition of a Field Blend containing Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, Petite Sirah, and some white varieties such as Golden Chasselas! The vineyard has Goldridge soils, fine sandy loam derived from the remains of an ancient inland sea that slowly emptied into the Pacific three to five million years ago. It was so much fun visiting this vineyard and tasting the diversity of the flavors as the grapes ripened. We were always taken aback when we came upon areas of undisturbed soil that looked like someone had just dumped bags of chalk underneath the vines.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Winemakers: Emma Kudritzki Hall and Jesse Hall
Production: 69 cases
Total acidity: 6.1 g/l
Residual sugar: 0.1 g/l00ml
Yield 1 ton/acre
Clones: Italian Field Blend of Zinfandel, Alicante Bouchet, Carignan, Petite Sirah, and some white varieties such as Golden Chasselas.