94 Points Jeb Dunnuck - The 2019 Zinfandel Russian River Valley is a gem and certainly a great candidate for those looking for a great Zinfandel, or those interested in the style and quality of this great estate. Classic red and blue fruits, sandalwood, cigar wrapper, and candied violets dominate the bouquet, and it's medium to full-bodied, with considerable structure, good purity, and a great finish. It will have 8-10 years of prime drinking.
93 Points Wine Enthusiast - This is a blend of five vineyard-designates and it shows serious power and elegance in one cohesive body of thick richness and weight. Tightly wound in tannin, with ample toasted oak, it offers satisfying layers of black raspberry, cherry, cola and white pepper, over delivering on its price.
92 Points Vinous - The 2019 Zinfandel (Russian River Valley) captures all of the natural exuberance the appellation is known for. White pepper, mint and chalk lift a core of sweet red cherry fruit. Bright acids work so well in giving the wine energy and a real feeling of vibrancy. The 2019 is beautifully done. –
91 Points Wine Advocate - The 2019 Zinfandel Russian River Valley was aged in French oak, 40% new, for 10 months. Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, it slowly emerges from the glass with notions of wild blueberries, black raspberries and raspberry pie plus hints of potpourri, incense, rose petals and hoisin. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is velvety and refreshing, featuring loads of baking spice and floral layers, finishing on an earthy note. 2,200 cases were made.
WINEMAKING - To preserve exotic spice and bright berry ﬂavors, we use the same gentle handling techniques for making Zinfandel that we use with Pinot Noir:
- All hand harvested with hand sorting of both clusters and berries at the winery
- Pre-fermentation cold soak, indigenous yeast fermentations in small open-top fermenters
- Aged for 10 months in all French oak barrels
- No ﬁning or ﬁltration
These artisan winemaking techniques allow the varietal character of Zinfandel to show through and express the Russian River Valley terroir.