Gamba Zinfandel Sonoma County Gamba Estate Vineyard 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2006 Gamba Old Vine Zinfandel Moratto Vineyard is a fruit-driven wine, bold and intense, offering a compelling nose of ripe berry fruits, mocha, anise and spicy aromas. The color is a brilliant, deep dark violet. This is always a unique Zin experience, offering an intense array of effusive dark stone fruit, including plum, ripe nectarine, and dark berry flavors. Well structured, showing integrated toasty oak, cedar tones, and youthful tannins, this lively wine should cellar well for 5-7 years. 650 casesPlanted in the Russian River Valley on a gently rolling hillside in 1920, the Moratto vineyard is organically farmed, producing low yields of outstanding fruit. This spectacular hillside vineyard site is truly a shining star among the relatively few old vine vineyards left in Sonoma County. The Russian River Valley experienced a relatively cool growing season for most of 2006. Due to the typical extended hang time experienced year to year, the flavors in the vineyard again matured slowly and fully. Clouds converged and trace amounts of moisture fell near harvest time that did little more than wash the dust off the leaves. Within a short period of time winds swept through the vineyards drying the vines, and the sun was again working its magic to ripen the fruit. Sunshine continued to full ripening, and allowed for a dry harvest and a fully mature crop. A careful hand harvest and meticulous sorting provided us with the best grapes for crush. We were pleased with the results of our labors, and hope you will enjoy this delicious 2006 expression of Zin from the Moratto Vineyard.

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Gamba Vineyards and Winery:
Gamba Vineyards and Winery is a small, family owned vineyard and winery business in Sonoma County, California. The over century old 27.5 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on th Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley Appellation, on gently rolling benchland above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily of Old Vine Zinfande... Read more
Gamba Vineyards and Winery is a small, family owned vineyard and winery business in Sonoma County, California. The over century old 27.5 acre Gamba Estate Vineyard parcel rests on th Eastern edge of the beautiful Russian River Valley Appellation, on gently rolling benchland above the valley floor. Planted to Zinfandel in 1900, the Gamba Estate Vineyard consists primarily of Old Vine Zinfandel, as well as small separate blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon. With ideal Southern exposure, the vineyard is bathed in sunlight during the growing season. On average the yield is small, in part due to nature, but also by design-approximately one half ton, and occasionally up to one ton per acre is harvested, depending on the vigor of vineyard block and severity of pruning. The vines are organically dry farmed. The dry farming method relies solely on yearly rainwater to irrigate the vineyard. This method will generally decrease tonnage, however, in exchange, the remaining fruit clusters achieve a wonderful concentration of flavors. The vineyard has been farmed since its beginnings using the dry farming method, as well as other labor intensive, traditional methods. Each vine is cleared of ground cover at its base by hand. The Gamba's still own the original horse plows for discing rows, although now they employ the use of modern equipment to turn the soil. The vines are pruned, thinned and harvested by hand. Italian prune trees were planted years ago, and more recently lavender, to attract predatory insects to drive out unwanted pests. Roses were planted to give an early indication of powdery mildew that may develop early in the season. The Gamba family has used organic methods to counter any adversity faced in the vineyard, as it has been done since 1900. To this day, they do not use herbicides or any pesticides in the production of their winegrapes. The desirable soil in the vineyard is known in the area as "Huachica" loam, named after the original native inhabitants of the area the vineyard occupies. This soil is excellent for farming, with ideal ratios of sand, clay, stones and organic matter in the ancient volcanic mix, seemingly custom made by nature for winegrapes. Light in color with low to moderate water retention and good drainage, the soil is sprinkled with small stones, all making for desirable winegrape farming. The Russian River Appellation location not only provides the ideal soil composed of stoney ancient volcanic ash, but also an excellent overall climate for winegrapes. Warm days and cool nights, and light breezes from the Pacific, all have positive affects on the growing season. The day heating and nightime cooling cycle plays an important part of why Northern California is a world class wine producing region. The microclimate on the Eastern edge of the Russian River Valley, specifically where the Gamba Vineyard is located on the Fulton benchland, provides enough heat units to ripen the grapes, and enough natural cooling influences from the Pacific Ocean to allow for extended hang time, to provide additional concentration and optimal maturation for our winegrapes. The vineyard enjoys views North into the Russian River Valley. To the Northeast, stands the majestic Mount St. Helena. To the West, lie rolling vineyards to the foothills that are the home of the great Redwoods, with the Pacific Ocean beyond. On cloud free days, the top of Mount Tamalpais near the San Francisco Bay can be seen reaching skyward in the distant Marin County to the South. Read less
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Member Reviews for Gamba Zinfandel Sonoma County Gamba Estate Vineyard

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Snooth User: MrRiesling
2015421,341
4.00 5
02/05/2011

Red berries, earthy tones on the nose. Rich, jammy and spicy with a long lasting flavor profile on the palate. Mild tannins.


Snooth User: lingprof
1556071,108
5.00 5
07/03/2009

Wow! total love at first sip. the fruit is very 'clean', pure dark blackberries and plums, surrounded by a toasty, oaky box. love love love.


Snooth User: jmf
72594683
2.50 5
02/09/2009

green/veggie nose. also smelled a bit like coffee to me. tasted port-y.


Snooth User: dmelbye
9432521
4.50 5
11/12/2008

Killer zin....nice structure and balance, with soft tannins and nice forward fruit. Black cherry and raspberry on the nose - approachable and drinkable now, but I'm laying mine down for a while to see how it opens up. Good value too.


Snooth User: Vino Volo SMF
58536214
5.00 5
09/21/2010

Available at Vino Volo...Sacramento Airport. Always great reviews with our guests!


Snooth User: AndrewDuffell
2039218
5.00 5
06/23/2009

Massive Russian River Zin with 16%+ alcohol. Packs a powerful punch full of raspberry, cherry and blueberry(?)


Snooth User: jazzmanATB
10314696
4.00 5
12/03/2008

Four glasses



The 2006 Gamba Old Vine Zinfandel Moratto Vineyard is a fruit-driven wine, bold and intense, offering a compelling nose of ripe berry fruits, mocha, anise and spicy aromas. The color is a brilliant, deep dark violet. This is always a unique Zin experience, offering an intense array of effusive dark stone fruit, including plum, ripe nectarine, and dark berry flavors. Well structured, showing integrated toasty oak, cedar tones, and youthful tannins, this lively wine should cellar well for 5-7 years. 650 casesPlanted in the Russian River Valley on a gently rolling hillside in 1920, the Moratto vineyard is organically farmed, producing low yields of outstanding fruit. This spectacular hillside vineyard site is truly a shining star among the relatively few old vine vineyards left in Sonoma County. The Russian River Valley experienced a relatively cool growing season for most of 2006. Due to the typical extended hang time experienced year to year, the flavors in the vineyard again matured slowly and fully. Clouds converged and trace amounts of moisture fell near harvest time that did little more than wash the dust off the leaves. Within a short period of time winds swept through the vineyards drying the vines, and the sun was again working its magic to ripen the fruit. Sunshine continued to full ripening, and allowed for a dry harvest and a fully mature crop. A careful hand harvest and meticulous sorting provided us with the best grapes for crush. We were pleased with the results of our labors, and hope you will enjoy this delicious 2006 expression of Zin from the Moratto Vineyard.

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