Old World Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Laughlin Vineyard 2005

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BOLD: Black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, classic

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Old World Winery:
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and makin... Read more
Winemaker/Proprietor Darek Trowbridge studied winemaking with his grandfather, Lino Martinelli, who's information was gleaned from his Italian ancestors through his immigrant father Giuseppe Martinelli. Together they worked the land they had settled in Forrestville, growing grapevines and making wine as one of their means of income. Lino embodied the Old World spirit of growing grapes and making wine with the consideration that everything a vintner does in the vineyard and in the winery affects the flavor of the wine. Only indigenous yeast from the vineyard were employed for fermentation and nothing was ever added to the wine except sulfur. This Old World knowledge is truly enhanced when put together with a contemporary education. Darek got his Bachelor's Degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Viticulture (Grape Growing). During this phase of education Darek worked at Martinelli Vineyards and Winery for his uncle Lee Martinelli, a former teacher who taught Darek the in's and out's of production agriculture, machinery fabrication, and multiple ranch farming. Darek went on to complete a Master's Degree from Fresno State in Enology (Winemaking). During this phase of education he worked for the Viticulture and Enology Research Center, a privately funded research facility focusing solely on improving the quality of grapes and wine. This provided a deep look into scientific methods, experimentation and his Thesis discovered how the use of different vine training methods affected the wine quality for Syrah grapevines. After Graduation, Darek was engrossed for the next seven years as Vineyard Manager at Everett Ridge Vineyards and Winery growing CCOF certified Organic and Demeter certified Biodynamic winegrapes on their many ranches. During this tenure Darek created Old World Winery. As winemaker/proprietor of OldWorld Winery Darek could combine and employ all the methods he learned about fine wine production, both old and new, without upper management worrying about its unconventional nature. Old World Winery was founded and continues to grow at the Laughlin Vineyard, where Darek's cousin, Lee Martinelli Jr., owns and manages the vineyard. Lee Jr. maintains the family tradition by taking special care of two blocks of organic Pinot Noir and Zinfandel for Old World Winery. Read less
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Member Reviews for Old World Winery Zinfandel Russian River Valley Laughlin Vineyard

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Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
4.00 5
07/27/2010

The 2010 release of the 2005 Laughlin Zinfandel comes at a time when a lot of other '05 Zins have already lost their zip. This one is fresh as a daisy, though it's potency is anything but daisy-like. While dry and possessing nearly a percent more alcohol than the '04, the '05 Laughlin has an aromatic profile quite reminiscent of the port-like '04, which was made in a sweet, late-harvest style. The '05 displays concentrated black cherry, black raspberry, prune, and super-ripe fig fruit on top of a deep, dark core of earthy chocolate, espresso, and subtle oaky spiciness. There is a bit of heat from the alcohol, but the texture is mouth-filling and the finish long and rich. A muscular, charmingly idiosyncratic Zin from a great vineyard.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 01/30/2010

Completely different in style from previous OWW Laughlin Vineyard Zinfandels, the 2004 could be slipped into a blind port tasting and not be out of place. It's absolutely a late-harvest-style Zin, with a lovely, rich port-like nose of prunes, plums, deep dark cherry, and spice. Very sweet in the mouth - a wine for dessert or cheese, not steak or pasta. Rich and well-made, reminiscent of some of the old Ridge Late-Picked Zins. We're not normally late-harvest Zin fans, but this one, served in the right circumstances, is absolutely delicious. (Price estimated.)


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 01/18/2010

(Review of August 2007.) This is my favorite Laughlin Zin to date. To me it has a lot in common with a top-notch Cotes du Rhone, except one on steroids. Dark berries, new leather, roasted herbs, earth in the nose; in the mouth it came across as a blend of liqueurs - kirsch, plum, currants. Still a little raw and unruly (though made to order for a slab of beef), I'm looking forward to trying this one multiple times over the next 5 years or so.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.50 5
Vintage: 2002 08/31/2011

The wine I drank during "Hurricane Irene" - Deep dark concentrated nose, purple plums, black currants, bit of spice. The palate coarses with dark fruit as well - plums, blackberries, currants and some bramble, an underlying earthiness as well. big, bold, full bodied and well balanced


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
2.50 5
Vintage: 2002 01/17/2010

(Tasting of 2-29-08.) This wine has filled out and developed nicely since our original tasting three years ago, and seems significantly more balanced, flavorful, and pleasurable than it did then. Complex nose displays ripe bing cherry and red currant fruit accompanied by Rhone-like notes of cedar and leather. Rich in the mouth, though with a higher-acid, more restrained feel and a higher level of earthy/woody tones compared to some of the Old World fruitbombs. (Review of 4-16-2005.) Earthy, leafy cherry fruit. Good spiciness along with herbal elements and an elevated acidity, similar to some Topolos Zins we've had in the past. A Zin still in its developmental stage, but at this point not as fruity and accesssible as we're accustomed to with OWW Zins.


Snooth User: Tvan4
68017620
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 05/12/2011

Just enjoyed the 2002 Russian Rivery Valley Zinfandel tonight...fantastic! In fact, we have a friend from France in town visiting (he's in the wine business back home) and he liked it so much that he is ordering some for home. Yes, it is a little big, but it paired excellently with our ribeye, mashed potatoes and grilled greenbeans. Tasted cherry, red currant and a slight hint of blackberry. Our friend commented that he tasted cedar, earth and wood, similar to ready Rhone. I got those notes and a small hint of vanilla. None of us tasted a high acid level, but again, by having a heavy meal, that may have helped out.


Snooth User: WineborkDotCom
38982702
3.50 5
Vintage: 2001 01/17/2010

(Review of April 2004.) It's essential to have a toothbrush handy after drinking this wine as it definitely has tooth-staining density. This is a heavy-duty wine with an extremely chewy texture and a boatload of chalky tannin, like a big young Petite Sirah. Excellent nose and flavors of spicy black raspberry, licorice and milk chocolate. If the tannin ever resolves itself, I will have been stingy with this rating (88).


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BOLD: Black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, classic

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