Nickel & Nickel Zinfandel Russian River Valley Ponzo Vineyard 2004
APPELLATION: Russian River Valley, Sonoma VARIETAL: 100% Zinfandel FERMENTATION: Tank AGING: French oak barrels (33% new, 67% once-used) CASES PRODUCED: 239 cases HARVEST DATE: September 3, 2004 RELEASE DATE: April 2006 SKIN CONTACT: 9 days TIME: 14 months FIRST VINTAGE: 1997 Although better than last year, set was marginal in this vineyard due to cooler weather in the area in May. The summer gave way to nice, warm days and the smaller crop seemed to ripen quickly. We were a bit worried about the heat wave in August and kept an eye out for any raisining in the clusters, however, the heat really concentrated the ripe, raspberry flavors and got the fruit ready to harvest. This was one of the first vineyards to be harvested this year. The 2004 vintage shows a lot of ripe fruit flavors. The raspberry flavors are fully pronounced with layers of white pepper, vanilla and spice that are characteristic of the Ponzo Vineyard. Plush and smooth, this wine expands on the palate, providing a mouthful of jammy richness. The warm, toasty oak surrounds that richness, which carries on and lingers to produce a long, balanced finish.
Established in 1997 by the partners of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel is based on a philosophy of producing 100 percent varietal, single-vineyard wines that best express the distinct personality of each vineyard. It is from some of the most coveted vineyards in the Napa and Sonoma valleys that the Nickel & Nickel wines are produced.