94 Points Robert Parker, 91 Points by Wine Enthusiast
The 2013 Zinfandel from Russian River is a relatively big wine at 14.9% alcohol, but not a lot of production (218 cases). Dense ruby/purple, the wine has classic briary blackberry, blueberry and raspberry fruit along with a rich, full-bodied, authoritative mouthfeel. This is quintessential Russian River Zinfandel, very spicy, with loads of fruit and is a real sex pot, a big, full-throttle wine. Drink it over the next decade.
If 2012 was thought to be the perfect vintage, then 2013 really blew our minds. The year started out with a dry winter, but high spring rains added to the water table just in time. The summer was hot, but even without any major heat spikes. Harvest came a bit early (or closer to normal) than the previous years.
We harvested the grapes for our Zinfandel in the middle of the night in early October. The grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard, then destemmed and 50% crushed and put into tank for a 4 day cold soak. The must was punched down by hand once per day during the cold soak, then twice per day during fermentation. The finished wine was drained off the skins, and the skins were gently pressed at very low pressures. The wine was racked twice in its lifetime, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Our 2013 Zinfandel has notes of blackberry, cassis, boysenberry pie on the nose. That fruitiness continues onto the palate with more blackberry and hints of black cherry and a touch of spice to round it all out. The mid-palate is rich and full, with juicy wet tannins that give way to a lingering finish.
20 cases remaining
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 217 cases
Aging: 22 months in barrel
Cooperage: 100% used French oak
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Harvest TA: 5.1 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.70
Harvest Date: October 6th 2013
Brix at Harvest: 27.5
Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
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