2017 Martin Ray Puccioni Vineyards Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley
Dry Creek Valley has a special reputation for its robust Zinfandel, and this is no exception. Often one of the last lots to ripen, it is worth the wait in the development of its opulent flavors. Deep and concentrated in fruit, it always maintains a lean core of acidity with gravelly, mineral-driven notes.
Our Dry Creek Zinfandel comes entirely from Puccioni Vineyards situated on the hills of the western Dry Creek Valley, in a small inland valley with a dramatic variation in elevation, and extreme diurnal shifts in temperature.
Record-setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of bud break mid-march. Hotter than average days in June and July brought harvest mid-August with lower than average yields across all varieties.
Hand-sorted and destemmed into a small open-top fermenter. Cold-soaked for up to 4 days before being inoculated with a voracious Rhone yeast. Fermented warm temperatures for 10-15 days. 50% new French oak barrels, with a small portion of Hungarian and American for 16 months of aging.
Fresh macerated, ripe raspberry, and blackberry bramble. Dried wild sage, wet stone, and touches of clove and ground white pepper, with plush tannins. A subtle undercurrent of sweet blueberries, graham cracker and toasted oak on the finish.