Zinfandel

Photo of Ancient Oak Zinfandel Pagnano Vineyard Russian River Valley 2010

Ancient Oak Zinfandel Pagnano Vineyard Russian River Valley 2010

Bill Pagnano and his dad rescued heritage budwood from a neighbor’s hundred-year-old vines to plant their vineyard. Now we farm the head-pruned vines traditionally with minimal irrigation but train the vines upright for improved light and air access.

The wine, made by Joe Freeman, shows spice, black raspberry, bramble, and a hint of peat on the nose, with an intriguing push-pull between a rich, fat mouthfeel and lively acids and tannins.

We like to drink this Zinfandel for holiday meals but also with our own farm-fresh lamb sausage or wood-fired pizza, or all by itself!

91 points – Wine Spectator “Tightly wound but well structured, with aromas of boysenberry, minerals and pine and complex flavors of cherry and blueberry with accent of anise and white pepper. Tannins firm up the finish. Give it time. Best from 2014 through 2018.” -Tim Fish

Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Vineyards: Pagnano Vineyard
Cases Produced: 197
Alcohol Percentage: 15.5%

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Photo of Ancient Oak Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2011

Ancient Oak Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2011

Our Russian River Valley Zinfandel is “classic Zinfandel”, with cherry and briar, wild plum and bright berry flavors and a touch of pepper.

Picked at moderate brix, or sugar levels, the Russian River Valley Zin is leaner and tends toward the “claret” style: taut, lower-alcohol, food friendly, and spicy. The wine is barreled in a mix of American and French oak for 12-18 months.

GOLD Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2014

Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Alcohol Percentage: 13.8%

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