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Claudia Springs Zinfandel Redwood Valley Vassar Vineyard 2007

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Vassar Vineyard has been a staple of our Zinfandel for 15 years. Our first was in 1996 when the owners allowed us to make a stealth purchase of a small portion of grapes destined for a larger winery. The results were so good that we were promised Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from our favorite block of the 30 acre vineyard as long as we wanted them. This wine always produces a wine that has more tannic structure than others from Redwood Valley. Usually it does not reach its potential until 2 or 3 years after bottling, and continues for many years in the bottle (the 1996 vintage is just now losing its luster). For this vintage we decided to give the wine a longer barrel aging so that the wine would be closer to its potential upon bottling. Vassar Zinfandel has an inherent core of cherry which is now beginning to emerge in the nose. In the flavors the cherry is now peeping through, along with seductive flavors that express milk chocolate and strawberries with some almonds on the side. There is a great balance of acid and tannin to assure a long life.

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Claudia Springs Winery:
Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California. The Anderson Valley, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the very best locations for producing fine, cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and the white Alsace varietals. The unique combination of warm sunny days and cool foggy ... Read more
Claudia Springs Winery was founded in 1989 by Bob and Claudia Klindt in the picturesque Anderson Valley of Mendocino County, California. The Anderson Valley, located less than 100 miles north of San Francisco, is one of the very best locations for producing fine, cool climate varietals such as Pinot Noir and the white Alsace varietals. The unique combination of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights allows the grapes to mature slowly, developing to their full potential. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Claudia Springs Zinfandel Redwood Valley Vassar Vineyard

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,700
4.50 5
01/28/2011

Very interesting on the nose, with layers of chocolate, eucalyptus and licorice giving the core of slightly jammy grippy and boysenberry fruit a slight medicinal edge. Lovely freshness and sapid acidity in the mouth gives this a seductive feel and, while the fruit is rich, it takes a bit of a second seat to the structural elements of the wine. The finish is all about sour red fruits and has great length to the cranberry and raspberry fruit tones ending on a very firm mineral tone. A bit unusual but still has a lot of appeal. I bet this would be even better with food and seems like it would be a great match for duck. Subtle, complex and firm, this absolutely grows on me. 92pts


Member Reviews for Claudia Springs Zinfandel Redwood Valley Vassar Vineyard

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Snooth User: nattyjhuff
16206948
3.50 5
Vintage: 2005 04/07/2009

i believe we drank this at bar tartine. redwood valley



Vassar Vineyard has been a staple of our Zinfandel for 15 years. Our first was in 1996 when the owners allowed us to make a stealth purchase of a small portion of grapes destined for a larger winery. The results were so good that we were promised Zinfandel and Petite Sirah from our favorite block of the 30 acre vineyard as long as we wanted them. This wine always produces a wine that has more tannic structure than others from Redwood Valley. Usually it does not reach its potential until 2 or 3 years after bottling, and continues for many years in the bottle (the 1996 vintage is just now losing its luster). For this vintage we decided to give the wine a longer barrel aging so that the wine would be closer to its potential upon bottling. Vassar Zinfandel has an inherent core of cherry which is now beginning to emerge in the nose. In the flavors the cherry is now peeping through, along with seductive flavors that express milk chocolate and strawberries with some almonds on the side. There is a great balance of acid and tannin to assure a long life.

125 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged in American Oak.


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