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To enhance the fruit character of the grapes, fermentation was conducted in small five-ton open-top tanks. Ten percent of the clusters were placed whole into the tank and the balance of the fruit was lightly crushed. After a three-day cold maceration, a select yeast strain was added to initiate fermentation. For the next fifteen days, the must was punched down with a hand- operated device, thus replicating the age- old method of mixing the cap and gaining extraction in the fermenting wine. The wine was aged for nine months in a combination of French and American oak, one-third of which were new barrels. The wine was not fined and only lightly filtered prior to bottling on August 9th, 2005. Planted by the Pellegrini family's fourth generation, the Eight Cousins Vineyard is a seven-acre site adjacent to the Olivet Lane Vineyard in Russian River Valley. Bordered on the south by the Saitone Vineyard planted in 1905, and the old head-pruned Maffei Vineyard to the north, this region is unique in that it is has a reputation not only for exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but is also home to some early 20th century Zinfandel vineyards that produce wines of exceptional depth and concentration. In an effort to replicate and preserve the character of ``old vine'' Zinfandel, the Eight Cousins Vineyard was developed in 2000 by taking budwood from the Saitone Vineyard and grafting on to St. George rootstock. The vines were planted with 4x6 spacing on a vertical trellis system. In 2004, the first wine made from these vines was awarded a Gold Medal at the Sonoma County Harvest Fair. This wine shows classic Russian River Valley traits. First, are the deep dark fruit aromas with flavors of blackberry and spice. It has a smooth texture that is rich and inviting, full body, and a lingering finish.
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