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Cassis, blackberry pie, bright vibrant young fruits, black pepper, dark chocolate, roasted espresso. Tannins are powerful, yet fine grained, carrying the dark fruit flavors seamlessly along the palate into a long, candied finish.
This wine shows impeccable concentration, fruit, and tannin working in perfect harmony. Dark blackberry, blueberry muffin, and vanilla flood the bouquet. Tannin on the palate is like silk, especially given how much of it there is, allowing seamless movement from front to back, and finishing long and lush. Concentrated blackberry and strawberry jam notes transfer from nose to mouth. An absolutely wonderful expression of what the proper farming can do to a vineyard and the resulting wine.
The Rockpile AVA is planted to a mere 160 acres of vine, making it one of the smallest AVAs in the United States in terms of acreage planted. Rockpile is also one of the newest in California, receiving AVA status in 2002, although the area has been referred to as Rockpile since the 1850’s. It is nestled in the northwest corner of Dry Creek Valley, near Truett Hurst, and we feel very fortunate to be able to source from this very special location.
One of the smallest American Viticultural Areas (AVAs), Rockpile could the most unique place to grow Zinfandel in the world. This vineyard sits high above Lake Sonoma, at elevations of over 800 ft. Erosion on these hillside slopes means very little topsoil, creating very poor soil nutrition, ensuring that the vines struggle to ripen what little fruit they can set. The vineyard is located about 15 miles from the coast, so onshore winds constantly irritate the vines, diminishing water retention, and add to even lower yields. Moderate temperatures are perfect for ripening redder fruit flavor profiles, with concentration and depth a happy byproduct. A unique location producing extraordinary wines. The nose is strawberry, boysenberry, and spice. Firm acidity first sets in, but there is also a noticeable weight carried through the mid-palate that marries the acid and tannin beautifully. Strawberry and spice continue to shine, and the finish is pure vanilla and concentrated red fruit.
History has a tendency to repeat itself, and the 2017 old vine Luci is no exception. If you’re expecting powerful, concentrated fruit picked off of 50-year-old vines… well then welcome home. If you were expecting something else, then you probably have never tried Truett Hurst wines! Strawberry preserves, dark spice, and concentration flood the palate, held in check by soft acidity and silky tannins. This wine is beautiful and elegant, a wonderful expression of the old vine Zinfandel wines Dry Creek has become famous for.
This vintage’s Rattler Rock hails from ancient vine Zinfandel all across the Dry Creek Valley. It’s an intriguing blend, with harmony found between bright and dark fruits. Aromatically, strawberry, cherry cola, and spice fill the glass. There is an acidic footprint, which marries wonderfully with the intense fruit flavors. The mid palate is medium bodied and filled with tart cherry, strawberry, and plum. Sweet vanilla, chocolate shavings, and cinnamon clove round out the finish.
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