2019 Red Triangle Zinfandel Russian River Valley

$48.00

Since 2014, Jesse and Emma have been on a life long winemaking journey to find exceptionally organically farmed vineyards that play into their goal of making natural wines that speak to sense of place and time.  With over 40 years of organic wine growing and winemaking experience between the two lovers of everything wine, Jesse and Emma had access to a small amount of hillside grown Zinfandel in the Red Hills appellation of Lake County.  While pursuing her biology degree and All-American water polo career at UC San Diego, Emma would travel to Lake County during the summers to work at the Bartlett pear packing sheds alongside her uncle.  Having spent five summers running the pear orchards and vineyards in the early brisk mornings and working along migrant laborers and natives to the area, Emma fell in love with all aspects of operating a ranch.  Eventually it was her uncle that encouraged Emma to work a wine grape harvest, unbeknownst to either of them that it would define the rest of her life.  Coming full circle, nearly 15 years later, Emma returned with Jesse to Lake County to make, SEAWOLF’s 2020 Lady of the Lake Zinfandel; a further step up in quality, without sacrificing any of their traditional winemaking values.  Their commitment to making pure portraits of Zinfandel was recently recognized by Jim Gordon of the Wine Enthusiast. 

94 Seawolf 2020 Lady of the Lake Vineyard Zinfandel (Red Hills). Concentrated,  jammy blackberry and black fig aromas and flavors are especially vivid in this full-bodied, deep and captivating wine. It shows good depth and layering as well as a creamy yet mildly tannic texture that maintains its freshness and charm.

Editors’

Choice. —J.G.

Vinification and Site

The Red Triangle is known by North Coast surfers as a special region that extends from the Farallon Islands up the coast of Mendocino and down to Big Sur south of Monterey.  The reference to the name, The Red Triangle, is both geographically unique and an incredibly important sanctuary for the life cycle of the notorious Great White Sharks.  This invisible triangle is both their breeding and feeding grounds, often sending fear into the die hard North Coast surfers that seek spiritual growth in the sport of surfing, yet dressed to impersonate a local sea lion.  We decided to use the name The Red Triangle for our new Zinfandel, as it does not limit us to any parameter that often defines a wine.  Each vintage can be a different expression of a site or varietal, always maintaining a high level of elusiveness similar to the Great Whites that roam our coastal waters.  What you can expect every year from The Red Triangle is a compelling and delicious wine, that still speaks to our intention and strong belief in hands-on farming and natural winemaking.

Our inaugural release of the The Red Triangle, comes from a single organic vineyard planted in 1925 in the heart of Russian River Valley.  The 96 year old vines are head trained and dry farmed giving this wine lots of bright bramble, cardamon, Santa Rosa plum and juicy cherry spice along with low tones of white pepper. The great acidity and silky tannins give the wine great length, coaxing one for another taste of this old vine cool climate Zinfandel. We think this wine will drink beautifully over the next seven 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 40% new French medium toast Francois Freres barrels on the thick lees. This Zinfandel was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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