Deloach Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley 2008

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O.F.S. stands for Our Finest Selection; it is blended from our favorite barrels of Russian River Valley fruit to create an extremely high-quality, unique wine that showcases the appellation’s character. This Zinfandel is hand-harvested from premium Russian River Valley vineyards in warmer areas of the AVA where the grapes ripen over an extended season to develop wonderfully complex flavors. Following careful cluster sorting, the must is split between small French oak vats and stainless steel tanks to ferment. The wine is gently pressed off and aged separately in barrels, blended only at the end to create Our Finest Selection of Russian River Valley Zinfandel. Dark ruby in color, this Zinfandel is rich, complex and structured with deep notes of blackberries and candied fruits accented by hints of lavender and chocolate. This is a medium-to-full-bodied Zinfandel with firm tannins that will age well for years to come.

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DeLoach Vineyards:
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately r... Read more
DeLoach Vineyards pioneered Pinot Noir wine growing in the Russian River Valley when Cecil DeLoach, a firefighter from San Francisco with a passion for winemaking, first planted the grape in 1973. In 2003, DeLoach Vineyards was purchased by the Boisset Family from Burgundy, France, when Jean-Charles Boisset fell in love with the Russian River Valley on his first visit to the area, immediately recognizing the similarities between Sonoma County and Burgundy: each boast a confluence of river, mountains, and soil that is perfect for growing world-class Pinot Noir. A recognized authority on biodynamic, organic, and sustainable winemaking, the Boisset Family had been using these eco-friendly practices in their estate vineyards in Burgundy and understood the positive effects they had on the health of the land and the quality of the wine. In 2004 the family brought that vision here to DeLoach Vineyards. Showing our dedication to the environment, we tore up award-winning, highly-lauded vineyards after the 2004 vintage and replanted with cover crops designed to revitalize the soil. New vines were planted in 2006, and the first vintage grown with biodynamic farming techniques will be the eagerly-awaited 2010 vintage. In the meantime, we continue to produce world-class wine by partnering with winegrowers who are equally dedicated to and passionate about eco-friendly farming practices and the production of high-quality wines of distinction. At DeLoach Vineyards, we focus on small-lot winemaking, giving exceptional care and attention to our Russian River Valley, O.F.S. and Vineyard Designate wines. Our passion is Pinot Noir - the noble variety of Burgundy that demands a delicate, labor-intensive process to showcase the exceptional terroir and complexity of the Russian River Valley and beyond. The diligence required to produce truly original, terroir-driven Pinot Noir is given to each wine that we craft. In keeping with our Burgundian Heritage, we use French open-top wood fermentors for all of our Russian River Valley, O.F.S, and Vineyard Designate Pinot Noirs, as well as our old-vine Zinfandel. We also practice hand punch-downs, known as pigeage -- another Burgundian winemaking tradition. Tasting Room Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Groups with more than ten guests are accepted by appointment. Read less

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07/29/2010

Two and a half glasses


External Reviews for Deloach Vineyards Zinfandel Russian River Valley

External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

The 1998 Zinfandel Estate exhibits plenty of prune, blackberry, and chocolately fruit in its full-bodied, low acid, plush personality. Loaded with fruit, alcohol (14.5%), and glycerin, it can be enjoyed over the next 1-2 years. This is a wine of power, exuberance, and robustness.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Displays a deep ruby color and intense, ripe, varietal fruit aromas of cherry, plum and blueberry. Flavors of ripe plum and boysenberry fruit mingle on the palate with hints of tobacco, followed by layers of vanilla in the long, jammy finish. A small percentage of Petite Sirah adds a cedar element to the depth and density of the wine and its tannin structure. This wine is big, rich, and very sumptuous with a medium-full body and firm acidity.


External Review
Source: Prestige Wine & Spirits
05/22/2011

Crisp, a touch flinty, with a slight smoky edge to the tannic cherry and raspberry flavors which linger and fan out nicely. Drink now through 2004.



O.F.S. stands for Our Finest Selection; it is blended from our favorite barrels of Russian River Valley fruit to create an extremely high-quality, unique wine that showcases the appellation’s character. This Zinfandel is hand-harvested from premium Russian River Valley vineyards in warmer areas of the AVA where the grapes ripen over an extended season to develop wonderfully complex flavors. Following careful cluster sorting, the must is split between small French oak vats and stainless steel tanks to ferment. The wine is gently pressed off and aged separately in barrels, blended only at the end to create Our Finest Selection of Russian River Valley Zinfandel. Dark ruby in color, this Zinfandel is rich, complex and structured with deep notes of blackberries and candied fruits accented by hints of lavender and chocolate. This is a medium-to-full-bodied Zinfandel with firm tannins that will age well for years to come.

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