2014 Flatridge Zinfandel
2014 Flatridge Ranch Zinfandel
It is extremely rare to have back to back perfect vintages but 2014 is proving to be just that: perfection. What started out as a normal spring bud-break was followed by a moderate and ideal growing season. Optimal conditions for ripening resulted in an almost perfect development of flavor, sugar, acid, and structure. The harvest season began slightly early but with perfect fall conditions it was compact and uniform. The season allowed for an almost clockwork style of harvest.
mall open top fermentation vessels were used. The grapes were placed in the tanks primarily whole, without crushing, to retain more berry fruit character in the final wine. The cap was hand plunged up to 4 times per day to mix the skins in with the fermenting juice. A special selection of yeast was used for the fermentation that was sourced from a native fermentation of Rockpile Appellation Syrah. The yeast is tolerant of high alcohol and produces esters with rich, dark blackberry aromas.
Winemaker tasting notes
Sweet briar pipe tobacco and cigar box are the first impressions of this wine. Rich, velvety textured, soft, supple yet concentrated flavors of plums, fruit leather and berry jam. The 2014 Flatridge Zinfandel is big, bold, rich and concentrated. This wine will last for the next 3-5 years with proper cellaring. Cheer!