The unique character of our 2012 Zinfandel derives from more than four decades of
winemaking expertise combined with the mountain terroir of the historic Monte Rosso
Vineyard and its famous red soils. These 125-year-old Zinfandel vines yield a meager
three-quarter to one ton per acre, in a bountiful year. The distinctive fruit is enhanced by the
mineral-rich, well-drained, decomposed volcanic ash soils and by the cooling breezes of San
Pablo Bay. The majority of the grapes come from two single blocks that sit on a precariously
steep western-facing slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. The vineyard’s high elevation
exposes the fruit to additional sunlight, ensuring consistent ripening. The unique vineyard site,
eight-by-eight-foot vine spacing, diligent pruning, and dry-farming techniques all combine to
produce the intensely concentrated flavors of Monte Rosso grapes.
In 2012 we were fortunate to have had a grand, bountiful harvest. The growing conditions
could be described as perfect. The weather was as good as one could wish for. The growing
season began early, with a warm, dry spring, and the weather stayed absolutely beautiful all the
way through harvest. The quality and quantity of the fruit were exceptional. We handpicked
these grapes on September 14, 2012.
The nose of this wine opens onto a delightful tableau of tiny red berries, balanced against just a
nuance of cedar. On swirling, the nose will deepen, showing the layered beauty that is what an
old vine Zinfandel can be. Take a moment, and plump raspberries, tart red currants, and just a
hint of blueberry jam will unfold. Take a sip, and you will find a rich bed of tannins backing up
a bracing acidity. Notice how the front of the palate is crisp, with a distinct character of tart
Rainier cherries. Notice also how it quickly mellows into soft layers of rich brambleberry and
cocoa. Overall, this wine is beautifully balanced and designed to age. This wine is unfined and
unfiltered. Drink now or hold for 10-plus years.