2015 Flatridge Zinfandel
Trione 2015 Zinfandel
Flatridge Ranch, Sonoma Coast
The opinion of many is that 2015 was an excellent vintage, although drought conditions were all that was talked about for most of the year. Dry conditions lead to an early bud break. The growing season was warm and for most of the period, mild. It was these conditions and relatively light crop that made 2015 one of the earliest harvests on record. For Trione, we began bringing in grapes for our sparkling on August 12th and finished with the last of the Flatridge Zinfandel the first week of October.
Flatridge Zinfandel is a very special wine and vineyard. The vineyard was planted with a selection of zinfandel sourced from a 100-year-old vineyard next to St. Peter’s Church in the northern Sonoma County town of Cloverdale. The church’s vineyard has been the source of plant material for many well-known producers of Zinfandel in the Rockpile Appellation of Sonoma County. It was made in small open top fermenters in a style similar to pinot noir, hand plunging the cap three to four times daily. The wine was also made with a special strain of yeast selected from a Rockpile selection of Syrah.
Blackberries and blueberries are the first impressions; beautiful soft entry with a well-knit tannin structure, supple yet with firm mouthfeel and finish. This wine develops in the glass from subtle fruit aromatics to ever evolving notes of plum, allspice and black currant. It is developing with intensity and substance and should continue to do so for the next 4-7 years.