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About This Wine: The remarkable fruit from the gnarly old vines at Monte Rosso Vineyard enabled us to make a truly d...Read more...
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About This Wine: The remarkable fruit from the gnarly old vines at Monte Rosso Vineyard enabled us to make a truly distinctive Zinfandel. The wine was aged for twelve months in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels. This beautifully balanced wine offers aromas of blackberry, cherry and cracked pepper, with a hint of floral characters on the finish. The tannins are gentle, and the mid-palate features a complex arrangement of showy black brambleberry fruit, underscored by nuances of vanilla and warm spices. The concentrated flavors are rich and textured, with a long finish characterized by balanced tannins and acidity.<br/><br/> This wine is unfined and unfiltered. Drink now or hold for 10-plus years.<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> The unique character of our 2009 Zinfandel derives from more than four decades of winemaking expertise combined with the mountain terroir of the historic Monte Rosso Vineyard and its famous red soils. These 118-year-old vines yield a meager three-quarter ton to one ton per acre, in a good year. The distinctive fruit is enhanced by the mineral-rich, well-drained, decomposed volcanic ash soils and by the cooling breezes of San Pablo Bay. The vineyard’s high elevation exposes the fruit to additional sunlight, ensuring consistent ripening. Tight eight-by-eight-foot vine spacing, diligent pruning, and dry-farming techniques also concentrate the flavors of Monte Rosso grapes.<br/><br/> <strong>Vintage:</strong> During this semi-drought year, a heat spell started in late June, and the temperature remained warm, with a heat spike at the end of August, pushing harvest up by several weeks. The Monte Rosso crew hand-harvested the Zinfandel mid-September and again towards the end of the month. Once again, this Zinfndel crop produced intense flavors and colors. The 2009 vintage proved to be exceptional, yielding complex, balanced, and ripe fruit that resulted in lush, full-bodied wines.<br/><br/> About The Winery: <em>The Amapola Creek story began…</em><br/><br/> …in 2001 when Richard and I discovered a very special place on the western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains – those magnificent mountains which rise between and separate the Sonoma and Napa valleys. From the first moment we set foot on the 120 acre ranch that we now call home, we both felt a sense of recognition. It was almost as if we had known and loved the place in another lifetime. There is in fact, a deep connection to the past here. The orange volcanic soils reveal the mountain’s own fiery history and traces remain of the old stagecoach road which once ran through the property. Stone walls still stand where Chinese immigrants built them over a century ago.<br/><br/> At the time, we were completely smitten by the expansive and yet intimate beauty. Immediately in his mind’s eye, Richard saw the mountainside vineyards he would plant on the steep slopes and the new winery nestled amid a stand of ancient oak trees. In my mind’s eye, I saw a beautiful place to retire. I imagined our peaceful home on the crest of the ridge where we could relax at last and I envisioned our evenings enjoying the sunset views of the Sonoma valley with the mountains in the distance.…. Clearly, there was some disparity in our visions of the future.<br/><br/> Yet the story has a happy ending: Richard has 16 acres of vineyards from which to craft the best wines of his career, and together, we share the peaceful home we built on the crest of the ridge - with its views of the sunset…and the winery!<br/><br/> With warmest regards,<br/><br/> <em>Alis Arrowood</em><br/><br/> About The Winemaker: Richard Lee Arrowood was born in San Francisco and raised in Santa Rosa, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. He began his winemaking career in 1965, working at Korbel Champagne Cellars while attending college. He earned a B.A. in organic chemistry at California State University, Sacramento, and completed graduate work in enology at California State University, Fresno. Less<br/><br/> From Korbel, he moved first to United Vintners and then to Sonoma Vineyards, where he worked for Rodney Strong and further developed his appreciation for the potential of single vineyard sites. In 1974, the founders of Chateau St. Jean chose Richard as their first employee and winemaster.<br/><br/> Within a few years, Richard had gained critical acclaim and a world-wide reputation for his wines. He produced vineyard-designate Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Fumé Blanc, Johannisberg Riesling and Gewürztraminer bottlings in unprecedented numbers: from the 1980 vintage, the winery marketed nine single-vineyard Chardonnays from within Sonoma County.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Varietal:</strong> Zinfandel<br/><br/> <strong>Appellation:</strong> Sonoma Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyard:</strong> Monte Rosso<br/><br/> <strong>Brix:</strong> 24.3° / 26.1°<br/><br/> <strong>TA at Harvest:</strong> .81gm/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>pH at Harvest:</strong> 3.29 / 3.55<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> 12 months in new and seasoned French and American oak barrels<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 16.1%<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaster:</strong> Richard Arrowood<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 293 cases<br/><br/> <strong>Bottled:</strong> March 3, 2011<br/><br/>
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