St. Francis Reserve Zinfandel 2018, Dry Creek Valley, California

“We source the fruit for this Reserve wine from the northern end of Dry Creek Valley, a renowned Zinfandel growing region. The Zinfandel was picked in late-August when flavors were at their peak. Added to the blend was Petite Sirah picked in mid-September. Its thick skins and hefty tannins add color and texture to the wine while also contributing balance and length. The grapes were hand-sorted and underwent an extended cold-soak for five days. Infrequent pump-overs during fermentation allowed for greater color extraction and the ability to control tannin levels. We then complemented this fleshy wine by aging it in 60% new oak barrels for 20 months to achieve full integration.” Crafted in a rich and full-bodied style, this Zinfandel has a deep, intense color along with spicy aromas of boysenberry pie, dried cranberry, and a touch of maple bar that introduces round and full flavors of dark cherry, wild blackberry, and chai latte. This opulent Zinfandel is structured but elegant with finely finessed tannins. 95% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah. Aged 20 months in French oak barrels, 60% new.