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2013 AB Old Vines Zinfandel – August Briggs

2013 "Old Vines" Zinfandel

Calistoga, Napa Valley

This is what you can call an old style Zinfandel. It's hearty and mouth filling and yet has a gorgeous sweetness to the tannins on the finish.

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ABOUT THIS WINE

Is it possible that our Old Vine Zinfandel could even get ‘older’? Well it has! This wine is a combination of two local historic vineyards and we are excited at the addition of the famed Canard Vineyard for our ‘Old Vines’ bottling. The Canard Vineyard (formerly named Tucker Ranch) is one of the oldest in Calistoga and we source fruit from a mix of vine plantings from the 1920’s and 1870’s! We add that fruit in with our amazing 1906 Luvisi vineyard zinfandel and well… its dynamite in a bottle!

The effusive aromas of this wine jump out and grab you letting you know that your mouth is in for a special treat! Dark ruby in color with aromas of raspberry jam, boysenberry, clove and brambleberry. This is what you can call an old style Zinfandel. It's hearty and mouth filling and yet has a gorgeous sweetness to the tannins on the finish. This is a Zin that will drink well tonight but will improve with another 4-7 years of aging.

The grapes for this wine were picked between 25 and 28 brix, de-stemmed into a small open-topped fermenter, and punched down by hand. After completion of fermentation the wine was drained, pressed, and inoculated with a malolactic culture. Completion of ML was allowed while aging in 30% new hybrid French/American oak barrels and 70% two and three year old French barrels. Barrel aging lasted 16 months prior to bottling without filtration. 350 cases produced.
SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage 2013
Wine Type Red
Varietal Zinfandel
Appellation Calistoga
Alcohol 14.7%
Cases 350
Barrel Aging 16 Months
Barrels French/American Oak