Martinelli Jackass Vineyard Zinfandel 2022, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

“This eight-acre vineyard was planted in the early 1800s, which makes it our oldest vineyard, and is located just south of our famed Jackass Hill Vineyard. These old, head-pruned vines are farmed much the same way as they were a century ago, without the use of trellising, irrigation or pesticides. Common to this area, it has both Goldridge and Franciscan soil types. 2022 was the driest known year on record and was also the third year of drought conditions for Sonoma County. Contrary to these conditions, the summer was relatively cool and started two weeks later than the previous year. The drought conditions did bring ripeness to each of our varietals at just about the same time. Despite being a very compact harvest, small clusters and berry size have yielded exceptional quality which makes 2022 a standout vintage.” – Winery. Beautiful aromas of Bing cherry, nutmeg, and fresh nectarine fill your nose. Upon entry the wine is youthful with supple flavors of blueberries and back tea on the palate. Flavors of vanilla and barrel spice accompany the lengthy finish.