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2018 Zinfandel, The Convict, Rockpile

2018 Zinfandel, The Convict, Rockpile

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Vineyard Notes
Vineyard Notes
We have been partnered with Gary Branham of Rockpile Vineyard since 2006. We have experienced first hand the how carefully he nurtures the several small blocks of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah for our 2018 Convict Zinfandel. These berries were culitvated in the rocky terrain of Rockplie Vineyards. Old Vine Zinfandel Clones called Demple DuPratt that orignited from old vine plantings from Mendocino blended with a touch of Petite Sirah.
Tasting Notes
Tasting Notes
Brambly fruit and spice on the nose, threads of minerality show up that sets this wine apart and idetifies its Rockpile origin. The juicy palate mirrors these characters
Winemaker Notes
Winemaker Notes
Red Zinfandel is a hedonistic varietal. Pure pleasure for all. We enjoy this wine with BBQ and friends. The 2018 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter followed by an early spring started the year off early. Sonoma County did not suffer any heat waves (or fires) this summer so the ripening was slow and steady. We picked much later this year as mild days continued into September. This vintage will be characterized by good acidities and lower alcohols.
Production Notes
Production Notes
The Fruit was hand harvested on 3 separate dates. The clusters were gently de-stemmed, capturing as many whole berries as possible.  Fruit was then cold soaked in small custom open top tanks with submerged cap technology.
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Food Pairing
Food Pairing Notes
Barbecued Ribs
Wine Specs
Wine Specs
Vineyard Designation
Branham Vineyard
Harvest Date
October 7, 2018
Bottling Date
June 6, 2019
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