Old Vine Zinfandel, Three Wine Co.
This Zinfandel is sourced from ancient vines in Contra Costa County. It is a blend of 76% Zinfandel, 8% Carignane, 8% Petite Sirah, and 8% Alicante Bouschet. All the grapes in this blend come from vineyard blocks with extremely sandy loam soils. Hanford Sandy Loam and Delhi Sandy Loam.
With an average age of vines over 100 years of which all are still being dry-farmed, there is a concentration of ripe blackberries and spice with a minerality (dusty berry) sneaking through. The Petite Sirah adds to this a firm tannin backbone along with boysenberries and pepper while the Carignane adds a pronounced fleshy mouth feel along with dark cherries and coffee notes. The Mataro comes from vines that are now over 120 years old and add spice elements, violets, and complex phenolic structures that enhance the overall mouth feel and age ability of this wine. Enjoy this wine now or cellar in a cool location for 5-7 years.